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CATCH IT - Germs spread easily. Always carry tissues and use them to catch your sneeze or cough.
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KILL IT - Hands can transfer germs to every surface you touch. Clean your hand as soon as you can.

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Coronavirus Do's and Don'ts

Do's
# wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
# always wash your hands when you get home or into work
# use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
# cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
# put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
# try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Dont's
# do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

WHO's guidance on face masks still stands (despite all the pressure you might be feeling to wear them on the street):
# If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection
# Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing
# Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
# If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly

Social distancing involves cutting down on non-essential travel and interactions, staying home if you're unwell, and not visiting social venues. read UK guidance here
Self-isolation means you basically have to cut yourself off entirely from the outside world. read UK guidance here

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Advise, latest measures/restrictions and relaxations across countries around the world

 
AFRICA
  • Closes its borders to foreign nationals from countries badly impacted by the disease. The ban includes China, Iran, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • South Africa :
    > From midnight on Thursday 26 March, all South Africans will have to stay at home for a 21-day period. It has ordered all bars to close, or limit their patrons to a maximum of 50, at risk of a fine or even imprisonment; all cruise ships banned from its ports. From 1 May - Some businesses will be allowed to reopen, restaurants will be able to deliver food, and families will be allowed to leave home to exercise but the sale of alcohol will still be banned.
    > From 1 June - sale of alcohol and movement within districts allowed. Churches, temples and mosques have been allowed to reopen provided they have no more than 50 worshippers.
    > From 8 June - Final year students in primary and secondary schools will return to school.
    > From 18 June - Sit-down restaurants, casinos, hotels and hair-dressers, among other businesses now able to reopen.
    > From 6 July - Grade R (five-year-olds), Grade Six (11-year-olds) and Grade 11 (16-year-olds) returned to school.
    > From 13 July - A night-time curfew and another ban on alcohol sales has been imposed.
    > From 27 July - State schools will close for a month.
  • Ghana ban entry to foreign visitors from countries badly impacted by the disease. It has extended the ban on public gatherings until 31 May. Schools will remain closed while religious activities, conferences and festivals are also banned. All border crossings will stay closed. Wearing of face masks is compulsory. Incentive package for health workers from April to end of September - 50% increase in their basic salaries and no income tax to pay.
  • Djibouti and Tanzania suspend international flights.
  • Morocco :
    > suspends all international flights from its airports. Wearing a mask in public is mandatory and anyone failing to do so faces prison sentences of up to 3 months and a fine of up to $126.
    > From 13 July - Lockdown restrictions reimposed - Travel by road and public transport in and out of the city have been suspended, while residents have been told to only leave their homes "in cases of extreme necessity".
  • Libya closed airspace and land borders starting from Monday 16 March.
  • Algeria suspends all flights to France as of Tuesday 17 March.
  • Tunisia orders the closure of all borders and a bans large gatherings, including congregation prayers in mosques. Has imposed a curfew 6 hours a day, a permit is required for travel between regions, and shopping malls, bars and restaurants are closed. People who spread the virus by acting in an "irresponsible manner" would face manslaughter charges. From 4 May - half of the public administration and industry sectors are returning to work, although face masks must be worn.
  • Nigeria :
    > travel ban on people coming from 13 countries worst affected by coronavirus. All international flights suspended from Monday 23rd March. The use of passenger trains shall also to be suspended on that day. Abuja and Lagos - "cessation of all movements" in the cities until 3 May, all citizens are to stay in their homes, all businesses and offices in the area should be fully closed. From 4 May - compulsory for everyone to wear face masks in public, there will be an overnight curfew between 20:00 and 06:00 with only essential services allowed to move during those times, there would be a ban on "non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice" and all bans on social and religious gatherings would remain in place. Shops and markets will now open until mid-afternoon.
    > From 8 July - Domestic passenger flights have resumed - A number of measures have been put in place including disinfecting passengers' luggage and footwear, mandatory wearing of face mask at airports, washing of hands before entry into the terminal building and social distancing. Only passengers are allowed into the terminal building and they must arrive at least three hours before their flight.
    > From 29 July - Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced the resumption of services on its Abuja-Kaduna route with social distancing enforced. Fares for economy class will rise to about 3,000 Naira ($8; £6), while first class could cost 6,000 Naira.
  • Mozambique suspends all gatherings of 300 people or more.
  • Uganda :
    > has closed all schools, banned all public transport and closing businesses. Its open door policy for refugees and asylum seekers is paused for 30 days from 28 March. For 2 weeks from 1 April for the next two weeks, including the use of private cars is banned unless a person has permission from the government.
    > From 26 May - private cars allowed back on the roads, shops and restaurants reopening. Public transport restrictions will be eased on 4 June, the same day guidelines on the reopening of schools will be announced.
  • Chad has suspended all passenger flights and closed some land borders.
  • Liberia has stopped issuing passports to stop people travelling abroad.
  • Kenya :
    > From 23 March - has directed all bars and nightclubs to close, night-time curfew will operate from Friday 27 March, travel in and out of Nairobi is banned from 6 April for three weeks. It has ban entry to foreign visitors from countries badly impacted by the disease.
    > From 16 May it has closed its land borders with Tanzania and Somalia except for cargo transport. Testing for the coronavirus at border posts will be compulsory for all drivers.
    > Police will arrest people for not wearing face masks in public. Anyone found without a mask will be fined 20,000 Kenyan shillings ($190; £150) or face a six-month jail term.
    > All primary and secondary schools will reopen next year. All students will resume studies in their current classes. No final-year national examinations would be held for primary and secondary pupils this year. Colleges and universities will however prepare to re-open in September this year with strict guidelines, with only those that meet the requirements allowed to do so.
  • Sierra Leone - commercial flights suspended and schools are closed.
  • Rwanda - people are banned from leaving their homes, apart from to shop for food or medicine until 19 April. The borders will remain closed and only the entry of Rwandese citizens will be allowed.
  • Seychelles - 21-day lockdown from 9 April.
  • Malawi - 21-day lockdown starting at midnight on 18 April.
  • Egypt :
    > Hotels to reopen from 4 May for domestic tourists on condition they operate at no more than 25% capacity.
    > From 24 May - restrictions for six days - public transport would be halted, and a public curfew would be imposed from 17:00 to 06:00. Shops, restaurants, beaches and parks will also be closed, and restrictions on citizens' movements will stay in place for at least two weeks afterwards.
    > From 27 June - places of worship to reopen and night-time curfew is lifted. Gyms, theatres and cafes are also permitted to reopen, albeit with limited capacity.
    > From 1 July - international flights and foreign tourists will be allowed to travel to some of its coastal areas that have been least affected by coronavirus. Red Sea resorts including in South Sinai are expected to be among the first to open along with Mediterranean beaches west of the coastal city of Alexandria. Steps would be taken to ensure the health and safety of passengers, including requiring those coming from countries with high rates of Covid-19 infections to be tested before flying.
    > From July - under a new draft law, every working Egyptian will have 1% deduced from their pay while the elderly will have a half percent cut from their pensions to help pay for the economic damage caused by the pandemic. The measures will be introduced for a year from July. People with a monthly income of less than $125 (£102) will be exempt. People who work in tourism, which has been particularly badly affected, may also be excluded.
    > From 30 July - Prayers in mosques have been banned.
  • Zambia has closed its border with Tanzania at Nakonde.


  • ALBANIA
  • Imposed a strict lockdown from 15 March, with 6pm curfew. Even a daytime stroll in the park has been ruled out.


  • ARGENTINA
  • Has closed its borders for 15 days to non-residents. It has also suspended public and private school classes. All citizens are banned from leaving their homes except to buy food and medicines until the 12 April.
  • Companies are not allowed to fire workers for the 60 days from 2 April.
  • From 21 July - Buenos aires lockdown relaxations - As part of the first phase, which runs until 2 August, outdoor exercise will be permitted and non-essential businesses, such as hairdressers and professional services, will be allowed to reopen, children under the age of 16 will be allowed to leave their homes for an hour every day, rather than just at weekends.


  • AUSTRALIA
  • Foreign nationals who have been to China, Iran, Korea and Italy not allowed in.
  • It will ban all non-residents from entering the country from 21:00 local time on Friday (10:00 GMT) 20 March. Only citizens, permanent residents and their families can travel to Australia after then. read more here
  • From Saturday 27 March midnight local time (13:00 GMT), all Australians returning to the nation will be quarantined for 14 days in hotels and other accommodation, rather than in their own homes. Returning Australians will be held in the city they arrive in, rather than their home state.
  • Australians asked to return home as soon as possible, Commercial options may become less available.
  • With a few exceptions such as aid workers and compassionate cases, Australians themselves are banned from travelling overseas from Wednesday 25 March.
  • Lockdown measures in place until at least 15 April:
    > All playgrounds, outdoor gyms, parks, pubs, clubs, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs and places of worship are closed, with cafes and restaurants having to switch to takeaway only. Home delivery services will continue running and supermarkets will remain open.
    > Indoor and outdoor public gatherings are limited to just 2 people or the number in a single household. People should only leave their homes to 1) buy essential groceries 2) make a medical or compassionate visit 3) exercise and 4) go to work or school if they can't do it from home and those over the age of 70 should stay home. Penalties to be issued for those caught breaching these rules.
  • New South Wales order says you "must not" go out unless for the following reason, if you are caught outside "without reasonable excuse" - you can face six months in jail or an $A11,000 (£5,400; $6,700) fine.
    > Getting food/other items
    > Going to work/school because you can't do it at home
    > Exercising - park can ne used - but you can't lounge, nap, sunbathe, or just peacefully gaze at the trees as you might once have.
    > Going for medical / caring reasons
    > Getting your kids to / from childcare
    > Attending a wedding or funeral
    > Moving house
    > Donating blood
    > Fulfilling legal obligations
    > Accessing public services
    > Avoiding injury or illness or escaping a risk of harm

  • More state borders have been shut. New South Wales residents won't be able to travel into Queensland without good reason, while Western Australia has announced it will temporarily become its "own country" and close its borders to eastern states.
  • Queensland - from 2 May, people can go shopping again for fashion, have a picnic in the park or go for a swim at the beach - as long as it's within a 40-minute drive from home. From 8 May - families will be able to visit each other in groups, up to five people from the same home can visit another person.
  • Western and South Australia expand the national two-person limit on gatherings to 10 people - but such meet-ups have to be for essential reasons.
  • Parents to be offered free childcare until 12 Jul.
  • Passengers who disembarked the Ruby Princess cruise ship in Circular Quay, in Sydney's city centre on 19 March, are being warned to self-isolate immediately.
  • Tasmania will close its borders to the rest of the country.
  • Coles and Woolworths will start opening an hour early (from 07:00 - 08:00, starting Tuesday) only for elderly people or those with disabilities, to help them shop more comfortably.
  • Western Australia has frozen all household fees, including electricity, water, public transport fares and motor vehicles charges.
  • Anzac day events cancelled in Western Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania states.
  • Sydney Opera House cancels all public performances, until the end of March.
  • Qantas will continue flights from London, Hong Kong and Auckland to allow Australians to get home. It has cancelled all international flights until late October except for those to New Zealand.
  • From 15 May, Virgin Australia passengers can use reward points to book flights on domestic routes from September onwards - and there'll be full refunds if passengers or the airline cancel flights.
  • From 10 July - limiting arrivals following the re-emergence of the virus in Melbourne. There will be continuing access to Australia but the number of available positions on flights will be less. All international flights into Melbourne have already been cancelled.

    Further information and services
    Restriction In Place from 25 March

  • Ease of lockdown as three-stage plan:
    > Step One on 8 May - Five guests allowed at a home, 10-person gatherings outside. Restaurants, cafes, libraries, pools and retail shops re-opening Working from home if it suits employees. Classrooms and playgrounds re-opened. Domestic travel resuming.
    > Step Two will include gatherings of up to 20 people and re-openings of cinemas, gyms, beauty salons and community sport.
    > Step Three (from 12 June) will see 100-person gatherings allowed.
    It would be up to each state and territory to carry out these openings according to their own timelines and with social distancing measures in place.
    Borders would remain closed into next year.

    Following step one :
    > Victoria (which includes Melbourne) :
    1. From 14 May - social visits can resume and schools will reopen on 26 May but restaurants will stay shut.
    2. From 2 June - reintroducing lockdown for 10 postcode areas around Melbourne to last for four weeks. People living in those areas will have to stay at home unless going to work, school, caregiving or essential shopping. Those who are employed and because of the hard lockdown cannot go to work, will receive a A$1,500 (£834; $1,041) hardship payment. Those households where there is no-one in employment will receive a $750 hardship payment.
    3. From 8 July - to close border with New South Wales, restricting travel to permit holders.
    4. From 9 July - Melbourne and a Mitchell shire to its north are to re-enter lockdown - people can only leave home for care, essential items, exercise and school or work "if they have to". Gyms, swimming pools, beauty salons and cinemas are among the venues to close. Restaurants and cafes are closed, but can offer takeaway food and drinks. Residents who attempted to escape the lockdown zone would face "significant penalties". School holidays would be extended for a week, except for senior students and specialist classes. Schools will largely return to distance learning. Wearing mask in in public is mandatory from 23 July. Those who do not comply with the rule will face a A$200 fine (£111, $140).
    5. From 30 July - A partial ban on private gatherings, including weddings and funerals, is coming into force in some areas.
    6. From 2 Aug midnight - Everyone in Victoria will have to wear a face covering in public. New restrictions coming into effect at 18:00 local time (09:00 BST) which include a night-time curfew, between 20:00 to 05:00, and stricter limitations on leaving home for residents in the state's capital Melbourne. read more here
    7. From 5 August - a number of industries including retail will close for at least six weeks from 23:59 (13:59 GMT).
    > South Australia :
    1. From 11 May - only outdoor dining is allowed with max 10 customers.
    2. From 17 June - borders to open to Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory (all regions which have had next to no cases in recent weeks).
    > Queensland :
    1. From 2 May, people can go shopping again for fashion, have a picnic in the park or go for a swim at the beach - as long as it's within a 40-minute drive from home.
    2. From 8 May - families will be able to visit each other in groups, up to five people from the same home can visit another person. Cafes and restaurants reopen (maximum 10 customers).
    3. From 10 July - borders to reopen to all except Victoria.
    > Tasmania cafes and restaurants reopen on 15 May
    > New South Wales (which includes Sydney) will allow cafes and restaurants (maximum 10 customers), schools, playgrounds and outdoor pools to reopen on 15 May. From June, residents to allowed to travel across the region for holidays.


  • AUSTRIA
  • Urged people to self-isolate and banned gatherings of more than five people as of Monday 16 March.
  • The UK, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine added to a list of countries, entry to whose citizens is restricted.
  • Schools and most shops will be closed from Monday 16 March. Smaller shops of less than 400 sq m (4300 sq ft), as well as DIY and gardening stores open from 14 April.
  • 14-day quarantine for all new arrivals starting at midnight on Sunday 15 March 2020 (13:00 GMT).
  • From Wednesday 1 April, wearing protective masks in supermarkets will be mandatory, People who are vulnerable to coronavirus will not be allowed to work, Hotels will be closed to tourists.
  • Vienna Airport offers coronavirus testing to new arrivals who wish to avoid a 14-day quarantine after entering the country. Tests will be available at the airport from 4 May and will take around two to three hours, and cost $190 (£170). Tests are also available on departure.

  • Ease of lockdown :
    > From 1 May - events with groups of up to 10 people will be allowed, although people will be asked to stay a metre apart. All shops will open and stay at home restrictions will end. However working from home is still encouraged.
    > From 15 May - Restaurants and cafes reopen. Tables should be at least a metre apart, there should be a maximum of four adults plus children. No salt-shakers are allowed on tables.
    > From 28 May - Hotels will be allowed to reopen. For now they are only open to citizens, but there are hopes that foreign tourists will be able to visit once the borders with neighbouring countries open in mid-June. There are also plans to mass test hotel staff, by the beginning of July, in order to try and reassure tourists, and these tests will be paid for by the government.
    > From 29 May - Swimming in outdoor pools and holding weddings with up to 100 people are allowed. Theatres and concert halls are also reopening, but audiences are limited to 100 people and strict social distancing rules apply.
    > From 15 June - People will no longer be required to wear masks in shops. They are still required on public transport and in taxis. They're also needed during visits to pharmacies as well as clinics and hospitals.
    > From 16 June - coronavirus-related border and health checks will end for more than 20 European countries including Italy, Visitors these countries will not face quarantine measures.
    > From 1 July - waiters will no longer need to wear masks, brothels will be allowed to re-open.
    > From 7 july - masks are compulsory in certain parts of the country in public offices and prisons. From 9 July that extends to all public spaces. You can take it off in a restaurant once you're sitting at a table, but waiters have to wear a mask at all times.
    > From 21 July - has reintroduced a requirement that face masks be worn in supermarkets, banks and post offices.


  • BAHRAIN
  • Everyone suspected to be infected must wear the white elecronc tags, which are similar to wrist watches, and are linked to an app. If a patient moves more than 15m away from their smartphone, a message is sent to the authorities - and offenders could face three months in jail or a fine of up to $26,000 (£20,000).


  • BAHAMAS
  • From 22 July - all international commercial flights and vessels will be prohibited - with exceptions for commercial flights from the UK, Canada and the EU. All visitors - as well as any returning Bahamians - will be asked to show a negative Covid-19 test from an accredited laboratory upon arrival. Americans who are currently on the islands will still be able to leave on outgoing flights, but no new tourists from the US will be allowed in.


  • BANGLADESH
  • Have banned all international flights and shut down schools and colleges from Monday 23 March, all public and private offices will be shut from 26 March.


  • BARBADOS
  • Has proposed allowing people to relocate there for up to 12 months. A "Barbados welcome stamp" scheme that would give foreign travellers the opportunity to relocate to the Caribbean island to work remotely. The incentive is aimed at boosting the local economy. British passport holders don't need a visa to visit Barbados.


  • BELGIUM
  • Everyone to quarantine themselves from Wednesday 18 March 12:00 (11:00 GMT) until until 3 May - but are allowed to go to banks, grocery stores, and for runs and bike rides. Outdoor exercise is "allowed and even recommended", Either with a family member from the same household or with one friend. Family trips from the same home are allowed but social distancing must be maintained.
  • Gatherings will be banned - people can only leave their homes in an emergency or to go to food shops, pharmacies, the post office, and banks. But outdoor exercise and walks will be allowed - with people being asked to keep a distance of at least 1.5m from one another.
  • Advises people to work from home, otherwise offices will have to use social distancing.
  • Most shops will be shut but hairdressers can stay open - with one client at a time.
  • Schools and universities have been closed around the country, and from Saturday 21st March restaurants and bars will only be allowed to open for takeaway services.
  • Cultural events such as festivals and sports have been cancelled until 31 August.

  • From 10 May - people can meet up at most four others for outdoor exercise or at home, but they must always be the same four. Most businesses will open albeit with social distancing. Restaurants, bars and cafes remain closed.
  • Ease of restrictions :
    > From 18 May
    1. partial reopening of primary and secondary schools under strict conditions, for certain year groups, with masks being distributed for use by staff. Nurseries will remain closed.
    2. Museums will be able to open if they sell tickets online and take measures to limit crowds.
    3. Hairdressers, beauticians and other businesses that require close contact with customers can reopen by appointment only and with social distancing in the premises.
    4. Weddings and funerals can take place with a maximum of 30 people present and with social distancing measures in place. Receptions after the ceremony are not permitted.
    5. Markets can reopen with a maximum of 50 merchants, if local authorities approve. Masks will be compulsory for sellers and recommended for customers. Social distancing and a "traffic" system for moving around will be required.
    6. Outdoor sports training and sports clubs will be allowed to resume with up to 20 people participating and in the presence of a trainer.
    > From 8 June - all businesses to reopen including bars and restaurants.
    > From 15 June - travel restrictions relaxed. Tourists returning from areas with strict lockdown measures still in place to quarantine for 14 days. It would not further open its borders to an EU "safe list" of 15 non-EU countries.
    > From 25 June - reopening swimming pools and cinemas and extending the size of a social bubble from 10 to 15.
    > From 11 July :
    1. is enforcing a two-week mandatory quarantine period for any travellers who have recently been in Leicester. The city has been added to a small list of so-called Red Zones, which include areas in other countries too. Signs are expected to be placed around Brussels airport, including at arrivals, for travellers to indicate if they have been in Leicester before arriving in Belgium. You can find details of the red zones here
    2. has made the wearing of masks in public places such as shops and cinemas compulsory and those who flout the rule face a €250 (£223, $282) fine. The new rules include locations such as museums, libraries, courts and casinos. face coverings is also mandatory on public transport or when working in a job that requires you to come into close contact with customers, such as hairdressers. Businesses that fail to comply with the rules will face a €750 fine. Repeat offenders can be fined up to €4,000 euros - and in some cases could be jailed for between eight days and three months.
    > From 24 July - People will be required to use face masks in crowded outdoor public spaces and take part in tracing measures at restaurants and bars. Night shops will have to close at 10pm.
    > From 26 July - has banned travel to Huesca and Lleida, with recommendations against travel to a number of other areas in Spain.
    > From 29 July :
    1. Belgians will be allowed to see a maximum of five people outside of their families. Currently a Belgian individual can meet 15 people in a "social bubble". It will be limited to five people, always the same ones, for the next four weeks, and this is for an entire family. So the new limit is for the household and no longer per person. Children under the age of 12 do not count in those five people. The numbers allowed at public gatherings will also be halved - to 100 indoors, and 200 outdoors.
    2. Antwerp restrictions - Team sports and contact sports are banned, masks are compulsory for everyone aged over 12 where social distancing is not possible, and there is a new night-time curfew for all but essential workers.


  • BOLIVIA
  • has imposed a 12-hour overnight curfew until 31 March, and said they would close borders to foreigners within two days of 18 March.
  • Ordered people to stay at home for the next 14 days from 21st March.


  • BRAZIL
  • Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo - schools and universities have been told to close and public events have been called off, people are barred from its beaches - including Copacabana and Ipanema
  • Closed its border to Venezuelans for an initial 15 days from 18 March.
  • From 30 July - has lifted a ban on foreign travellers arriving by air.


  • CANADA
  • Has close its borders to foreigners, barring all except its citizens and permanent residents from entering. A few exceptions would be made for US citizens, air crew and diplomats.
  • All Canadians to avoid non-essential travel and to return home where possible.
  • Mandatory 14-day self-isolation period for all travellers returning to the country from abroad. People could face fines or criminal charges if they don't comply.
  • From Monday 30 March, people with symptoms will be denied travel on domestic flights and intercity trains. Train operators and airlines will have to conduct a health check of passengers before they travel.
  • People to start wearing non-surgical masks in public.
  • Migrants seeking asylum at the border will be sent back to the United States.
  • Financial stimulus measures for businesses announced and relief being considered this week for Canadians who are affected financially. Companies that have annual revenues over C$300m (£173m; $214m) can qualify for loans of C$60m or more. But companies who have been found guilty of tax evasion are not eligible. The loans are also not meant for companies who use tax havens or pay their executives "excessive" salaries. Companies will also have to respect collective agreements and pensions, and provide a climate action plan.
  • Uber has suspended shared rides.

  • Quebec - asked establishments like bars, cinemas, arenas, and gyms to close indefinitely. Restaurants asked to operate at a 50% capacity.
  • McGill University in Montreal plan to move many courses online for the semester beginning in September.
  • Ontario Lockdown relaxations :
    > From 7 May - Hardware stores and nurseries to open from but customers will still be asked to maintain social distancing.
    > From 10 May - All retail stores with street access (such as small shoe and clothing stores) will be able to offer curbside pickup. The hours at liquor stores will be extended and the mandatory minimum pricing for booze in restaurants and bars will be cut. Schools including private schools and licensed childcare centres to remain closed until September. read more here
    > From 15 June - shopping malls, restaurant patios and barber shops could reopen.
  • Toronto - From 2 July - masks will be made mandatory on public transport.


  • CHINA
  • Has been in lockdown for 11 weeks but lockdown in Wuhan - the city where the virus emerged - lifted on 8 April and travel curbs will be lifted on 25 March. The following rules apply from 29 March:
    > Flights in and out of the country will be drastically limited.
    > Each Chinese airline is only allowed to maintain one route to any specific country with only one flight a week.
    > Foreign airlines are only allowed to maintain one route to China with only one flight a week.
    > Flights to and from China must have a passenger load of no more than 75%.
    > Passenger planes are also now allowed to be used as all-cargo flights.
    > Entry into the country by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits is temporarily suspended - Policies such as visa free transit entries will also be stopped. People coming to China for "necessary" economic, trade, scientific or technical activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs have been told to apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Entry for diplomats is not affected.
  • All international arrivals into Beijing must go into quarantine facilities for 14 days, and those sent to facilities must pay for their stay. Travellers had previously been allowed to undergo isolation at home.
  • Government is offering 3,000 yuan ($425, £339) to those who report illegal crossings - and 5,000 to those who physically catch those entering illegally into the country.
  • City of Harbin has prohibited non-locals, and any vehicles without local licence plates, from entering the city from 22 April.
  • City of Shulan has been placed under lockdown on 11 May. All public places across the city have been shut and all residents told to stay at home. Public transport has been suspended and the city classified as high risk - the highest of a three-tier zoning system.
  • From 28 June - Anxin country in Hebei province is under lockdown. Only essential workers are allowed to leave their homes, while one member of a household is allowed to go out once a day to shop for necessities. No non-residents will be allowed to enter buildings, communities or villages. Authorities have warned anyone violating the rules will be punished by police.
  • From 17 July - Urumqi is subject to a strict lockdown. From 30 July, non-residents seeking to leave Urumqi must test negative first if they have been there for 14 days or more. Those arriving from high-risk areas must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • From 24 July - The city of Dalian in Liaoning in north-eastern China has gone into partial lockdown.
  • Beijing :
    > no need to wear a mask outside, and quarantine is no longer required for most domestic passengers arriving in city.
    > From 16 June - All outbound taxi and car-hailing services, as well as some long-distance bus routes have been suspended. All taxis are also now banned from driving beyond the city limits. All schools and Entertainment venues have been ordered to close. A number of flights have been cancelled and railway services have also been reduced until at least 9 July, sports teams cannot play, and swimming pools and gyms are closed. Quarantine period is now 28 days. read more here
    > From 19 July - Some relaxations. However some restrictions will remain in place. A 50% visitor capacity on museums, gyms and libraries will remain. Exhibitions, sports events and other activities will gradually resume. All overseas visitors will still need to quarantine and undergo medical observation along with tests.
  • Hubei province - Grades 12 and 9 students head back to school from 7 May.
  • Shanghai :
    > Disneyland park to reopen on 11 May. The number of guests allowed into the park, however, will be limited to around 30% of capacity and social distancing measures will be enforced on rides and in restaurants. Guests and employees will be required to wear masks, their temperatures will be screened and lines will be set up. Visitors have to stand in yellow taped-off squares for their photographs, to ensure they are more than two metres apart.
    > From 16 June - arriving travellers from medium- to high=risk Covid-19 areas in China to be quarantined for 14 days.
  • From 8 June :
    > to allow foreign airlines currently not permitted to operate international flights into China to start once-a-week routes - qualifying airlines can choose one destination to which they want to fly. All airlines coming to China will be allowed to increase flights to twice weekly if passengers all test negative for Covid-19 for three weeks in a row.
    > a "fast lane" travel agreement between Singapore and China to start. Those that have been approved to travel between the two countries will be exempt from rules that require travellers to serve a quarantine period of up to 14 days upon landing. However, they must first agree to be tested and bear the costs of this - if they are found to be infected, they will have to be hospitalised and pay for their own treatment either in Singapore or China. it will only apply to business and official travel for flights between Singapore and six places in China: Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.
  • From 17 July - a number of airlines including Juneyao Airlines and Shenzhen Donghai Airlines require all passengers travelling to and from Urumqi to show a negative nucleic acid test taken within seven days. Passengers must display a "safe to travel" health code, on an app which aims to identify potential virus carriers. China Eastern Airlines has already put those restrictions in place. Urumqi has also suspended the city's subway services.
  • From 21 July - Passengers who book flights to the country must prove they have recently tested negative for Covid-19 before they board. Passengers are required take the nucleic acid tests in the five days before boarding the flight. The tests must be carried out by institutions approved by Chinese embassies in each country. Passengers who do not provide evidence of a negative coronavirus test will not be able to board flights to China.


  • CHILE
  • Has closed its borders, introducing strict measures on movement and schools, shops and flights are shutting down.
  • Santiago - From 17 June - residents would be granted permission to leave their homes just twice a week instead of five times.
  • Has passed a bill which would allow people to withdraw up to 10% from their privately held pension funds early to ease their financial problems during the pandemic.


  • COLOMBIA
  • Orders "mandatory preventive isolation", starting at 00:00 on Wednesday 25 March until end of August, meaning people will have to stay in their homes. Exceptions include medical appointments, shopping for essential goods like food, medicine and cleaning products, and going to the bank.
  • From 11 May - some sectors will be allowed to return to work. Children aged between six and 17 will be able to go outside three times a week for 30 minutes.
  • From 29 July - shops and businesses in areas where there are no cases would be allowed to gradually reopen but entertainment venues such as bars would remain closed.


  • CROATIA
  • Closed schools and shops from Monday 16 March and has also shut its borders.
  • Imposed a 14-day self-isolation period for many arrivals.
  • From 29 May - People from the following countries will be permitted to enter without restrictions: Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany. But any visitors will need to show a negative test for Covid-19 in order to enter.
  • From 25 June - to reimpose a 14-day quarantine on arrivals from Bosnia, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia.


  • CUBA
  • Ease of lockdown :
    > The first phase will begin on 15 June or the start of the following week - Tourism will first only reopen to the domestic market - that is, Cuban tourism within the island. Special measures will be in place for staff at hotels to work in week-long shifts, followed by a week of isolation to create a supposedly Covid-free bubble inside the resorts permitted to operate.
    > When international visitors do arrive in Cuba again, they will be given antigen tests and have their temperature taken at the airport. They will initially be limited to the cayos, the small islands off Cuba's northern and southern coast. Beaches will reopen again to the national population, but with a new force set up to ensure large groups don't gather.


  • CYPRUS
  • A curfew will be enforced between 21:00 and 06:00 local time (19:00 and 04:00 GMT) for all but essential workers. Breaching the curfew will be punishable by a fine of up to €300 (£266; $330). If people wish to leave their homes, they must ask for permission by sending a text message to a special number.
  • Ease of lockdown :
    > From 21 May - Outdoor areas for restaurants and pubs reopen - as do hairdressers, parks and playgrounds - and people can host up to 10 visitors in their homes.
    > From 9 June - Airports to reopen to commercial flights. The reopening will start by allowing flights from 20 countries (UK and Russia excluded). People arriving from those countries will be required to produce evidence of a negative coronavirus test from within the previous 72 hours. Cyprus will cover all costs - including medication, accommodation, food and drink - for anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 while on holiday on the Mediterranean island. Patients and their families on vacation there will only have to pay to be transported back to the airport and for their flights home. An exclusive 100-bed hospital, equipped with intensive care units and respirators, will provide care for anyone who becomes seriously ill with the virus. A 500-bed "quarantine hotel" will also be provided.


  • CZECH REPUBLIC
  • Has ordered pubs, shops and restaurants to close until 30 April. Schools have already been closed in the country and bans are in place on gatherings of more than 30 people, and has already closed its borders, banning foreigners from entering the country.
  • People are asked to limit their interaction with others. The only exceptions are seeing family, going to work, grocery shopping, seeing a doctor, buying petrol, walking animals or "spending time in nature" whilst maintaing distance of 2 metres from each other - and pay by card rather than cash.
  • All employers asked to have their staff work from home if possible.

  • From 20 April - Farmers' markets, car dealerships and some other small businesses will be allowed to reopen. Up to 10 people allowed to meet in public.
  • Travel abroad will be permitted from 27 April, though with strict conditions. Czechs will be tested for coronavirus on re-entering the country. EU citizens - not other foreigners - will be allowed in, but must have proof of having tested negative in recent days.
  • From 25 May - Bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs, primary schools, zoos and castles reopen.
  • From 26 May - border crossings with Austria and Germany reopen - although restrictions on who is allowed to enter the country remain. Only returning citizens, foreign residents, and European Union students and business travellers will be allowed in. Police will carry out spot checks on cars, and passengers will need to provide a certificate proving they do not have Covid-19 - or else face two weeks of quarantine.
  • From 27 May - border with Slovakia will reopen, but visitors from either side of the border will have to return within 48 hours.
  • From 3 June - Free movement with Slovakia restored.
  • From 16 June - Has designated the Polish province of Silesia as high-risk and requires all Czechs returning from there and all Poles crossing into the Czech Republic from there to provide a negative Covid certificate within 72 hours or self-isolate for 14 days.
  • From 1 July - face masks will no longer be obligatory even in enclosed spaces including public transport. They will only be required in areas of the country with local outbreaks.
  • From 19 July - Restrictions tightened in the northeast of the country. The compulsory wearing of masks is reinstated along with a limit on restaurant opening hours.


  • DENMARK
  • Nationwide lockdown until 13 April - bars, libraries, gyms, hairdressers and other services closed.
  • Nursery and primary schools open from 15 April but rest of the schools remain close.Some small businesses like hairdressers, beauty salons and driving schools to open on 20 April read more here
  • From 11 May - shopping centres can reopen. But there will be curbs on opening hours and numbers of people, and social distancing will remain in force.
  • From 18 May - older children can return to school. Restaurants can open up but there will be curbs on opening hours and numbers of people, and social distancing will remain in force.
  • From 23 May - Cinemas, theatres, museums, art galleries and zoos are allowed to open.
  • From 8 June - public gatherings of 50 people allowed, and gyms and swimming pools are reopening. Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens have reopened - The number of visitors to the attractions are limited, and places have to be booked via a smartphone app
  • From 15 June - Norway and Denmark will open up tourism between their two countries, but will maintain restrictions for Swede. Denmark is also allowing tourists from Germany and Iceland to visit, though they cannot stay in Copenhagen, which has the most coronavirus cases. Danes can travel to those two countries too, without having to go into quarantine on their return.
  • From 8 July - Gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed.
  • Citizens on public health benefits will get a 1,000 kroner stipend, and 10bn kroner have been set aside for struggling companies. This will be available by October.


  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
  • To close its borders and suspend international air travel for 15 days from Thursday 19 March.


  • EU
  • The European Union has begun a 30-day ban from 18 March on travellers entering from outside the bloc. EU leaders have also agreed that internal borders that have been erected in recent days should come down.
  • The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania reopen borders to each other. Freedom of movement for all citizens of the three countries would restart on 15 May. Those arriving from elsewhere will however have to self-isolate for 14 days. more details here
  • Austria, Switzerland and Germany have agreed to open their borders in two steps: some restrictions will be lifted on 15 May before a full reopening which will include France on 15 June.
  • Gradual approach for future travel suggested by European Commission: more details here and here
    > Prioritising travel first for goods and workers in the EU to help the smooth running of Europe's single market; then opening the EU up for European tourists - ensuring social distancing, hygiene and travel, transport and leisure activities aimed at protecting visitors from Covid-19.
    > The Commission recommends that tracing apps EU countries are introducing to help contain the virus be designed to work for mobile phone users across Europe to keep people safe while on holiday.
    > And if infection rates still vary greatly within the EU in June, the Commission proposes starting with travel between European countries with similarly low coronavirus levels.
    > 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from 1 July - more details here


  • FINLAND
  • Announces a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people and shutdown of country's broders.
  • It has restricted movement into and out of most populous province of Uusimaa, which includes the capital Helsinki until 19 April - stop people travelling unless they have a "very good reason".
  • From 14 May - Pupils will return to school and borders partially reopening for essential travel and work.
  • From 1 June - To allow restaurants, public services including libraries and sports facilities to reopen. A ban on public meetings will also be eased from a maximum of 10 people to 50 people.
  • From 15 June - The country's borders will be reopened for people travelling to and from Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania but restrictions will remain on the western border with Sweden as well as on the eastern border with Russia.
  • From beginning of July - public gatherings of more than 500 people will be allowed if social distancing can be enforced.
  • From 13 July - has lifted travel restrictions for 17 more European countries and 11 nations outside Europe. But the border remains shut to the UK and also to Sweden.


  • FRANCE
  • Nationwide lockdown, starting on Tuesday 17 March at midday until 11 May.
  • Anyone breaking the quarantine could be fined €135 ($150; £123), people should stay at home unless they are buying groceries, travelling to work, exercising or seeking medical care. A form has been created which people should carry when out and about, and on which the reasons for travel can be ticked. They are:
    > Commuting to work where working at home is not possible.
    > Trips to authorised shops for necessities.
    > Travel for health reasons.
    > Travel for urgent family reasons, to help the vulnerable or for childcare.
    > Brief trips close to home for exercise on an individual basis and/or to exercise pets - Exercise is now only allowed outside for an hour and within 1km (about half a mile) of the home.
    The form can be downloaded from interior ministry site here
    Reasons can also be set out on plain paper, but it will be regarded as a sworn statement.

  • Furloughed workers are entitled to 70% of their salary, while minimum wage workers receive 100%.
  • Paris - Outdoor exercise banned between 10:00 and 19:00 from 8 April.
  • Army to be used to help transport the sick to hospital Military hospital in Alsace, near German border.
  • Borders to be closed in agreement with other European Union countries (until further notice from 17 march to external visitors from non-EU countries, but travel with Switzerland and the UK will be preserved).
  • Public transport would remain open, but the government expects companies to put into place systems for people to work from home beginning on Monday 16 March.
  • The Chamonix ski resort and Disneyland Paris has also shut down.
  • Eiffel tower closed for indefinite period.

  • Ease of lockdown - the country has been divided into green and red regions - those less and more affected - and restrictions will be lifted in different ways, depending on the colour See map here:
    > From 11 May :
    1. In "green zones" - primary schools start with small numbers of pupils, and clothes shops, bookshops, hair salons and florists will reopen. Restaurants, cinemas and bars will remain shut. Metro and bus services are operating, though only every second seat can be used and masks are compulsory. On the metro and suburban commuter lines, passengers need an authorisation from their employer if they travel during rush hour.
    2. In "red zones" (regions still determined to be at risk) - parks will remain closed along with secondary schools, and restrictions in general will be lifted more slowly. These areas are concentrated in the north and east of the country and include Ile-de-France (the Paris region), Hauts-de-France, Grand Est and Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, the overseas territory of Mayotte (near Madagascar in the Indian Ocean).
    3. Those wanting to travel more than 100km (62 miles) within the country will have to have an official form.
    > From 13 May - Beaches on north-west coast will start reopening but gatherings of more than eight people are banned.
    > From 2 June :
    1. Nearly all mainland regions of France will move into the "green zone", where lockdown measures can be relaxed faster. The exception is Paris, which will move from red to orange. This means parks and gardens can reopen in the capital.
    2. Cafes and restaurants can now reopen throughout the green zone. Only outside terrace areas can reopen in the orange zone.
    3. Everything that's normally allowed is, from now on, allowed once again - unless otherwise specified, including an end to a 100km (62-mile) travel limit. For bars and restaurants - though the rules now say there has to be a metre between tables, staff must be masked, and you can't stand at the counter to drink.
    > From 15 June - travel to and from other EU countries is permitted without quarantine. Restaurants and cafes will also be able to reopen fully, not only outdoors.
    > From 22 June - Schools, except for high schools, will open. Social distancing rules are to be relaxed in pre-schools and nurseries to allow all children to return, return to school would now become compulsory for all pupils up to the age of 15. Primary schools retain a 1m social distancing rule but certain classes "will have to have a little less than 1m". Cinemas, casinos, swimming pools and holiday centres, campsites to reopen. Group sports are also permitted, but not combat sports.

    > From 5 June - the Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley will open.
    > From 6 June - the Palace of Versailles will open.
    > From 8 June - a fine of €68 if you throw a mask or a cigarette butt on the floor - is set to increase to €135 (£120; $150). It also applies to discarded gloves or other waste.
    > From 25 June - The Eiffel Tower will reopen, Wearing a face mask will be compulsory for all visitors aged at least 11, The higher - and smaller - level will remain closed for now, lifts will remain closed in the first stage of reopening and All surfaces in well-travelled areas will be cleaned every two hours.
    > From 6 July - The Louvre museum in Paris will reopen.
    > From 11 July - state of "health emergency" ended.
    > From 15 July - Disneyland Paris reopened. Social distancing rules apply and masks must be worn at all times by visitors aged 11 and over.
    > From 20 July - It will be compulsory to wear a face mask in enclosed indoor spaces.
    > From 25 July - people arriving from 16 countries where the virus is widely circulating will be subject to on-the-spot coronavirus tests. The tests would be for "French citizens who live in these countries or citizens of these countries with an established residence in France". Any travellers testing positive will have to spend 14 days in isolation. The new rules apply to people arriving from the US, Brazil, Algeria, Bahrain, Israel, India, South Africa, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Turkey and Madagascar. France - and the European Union - do not allow general travel to and from these countries.
    > From 28 July - night curfews ordered for beaches in Quiberon.
    > From 31 July - In La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast, and Argels-sur-mer and Grau-du-Roi on the Mediterranean, mask-wearing is now compulsory in public spaces. Saint-Malo in Brittany has made it compulsory until 30 August. Vacationers in Bayonne and Biarritz will also have to wear masks in town, or pay fines. Biarritz, Quiberon and Sables d'Olonne on the Atlantic coast will bar access to their beaches at night.
    > From 3 August :
    1. Nice has introduced an outdoor mask policy. People will have to wear masks in many major areas of the city including the Promenade des Anglais. In the Mayenne region, it is compulsory for all people over the age of 11 to wear masks outdoors.
    2. In Lille, masks would be compulsory in all pedestrianised areas of the town including parks and gardens.
    3. Brittany has made masks compulsory in outdoor markets, including in the city of Brest. Popular tourist destination Saint-Malo has made face coverings compulsory in the old town area.
    > The government announced a new programme to encourage cycling, including free bike repairs up to €50 (£44; $54) and funding for bike lanes throughout the country. read more here:
  • Air France will check passengers' temperatures from 11 May and customers will be required to wear masks on all flights. Those whose temperature exceeds 38C will not be allowed to board the aircraft and their reservation will be changed to a flight at a later date at no extra cost.
  • France to impose reciprocal measures for any European country enforcing a quarantine. People arriving in France from the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days from 8 June, Travellers arriving from Spain by plane will also be asked to go into quarantine from 25 May.


  • GERMANY
  • Reintroduced border checks with France, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Denmark, starting on 16 March at 8am local time, (07:00 GMT).
  • People "without a significant reason to travel" - as well as anyone suspected of being infected - will not be allowed to cross.
  • Commuters as well as goods will still be able to cross. German citizens and people with a residence permit will still be allowed to enter the country but have to go into 14-day self quarantine.
  • Most shops (including hairdressers and beauty, massage and tattoo parlours) ordered to be closed along with other public venues such as bars, clubs, theatres and swimming pools. Restaurants will only be allowed to offer takeaway services. Restrictions will stay in place until at least 19 April.
  • Furloughed workers with children can receive 67% of their salary from the government and are paid as much as €6,700 ((£6,000) per month.
  • Berlin Marathon is cancelled.
  • From 27 April, face masks are mandatory on public transport.

  • After 19 April shops under 800 square metres allowed to open. From 30 April - museums, gallaries, zoos, playgrounds and religious services resume but with restrictions in force on people keeping pyhsical distance from each other. Churches can open but will restrict numbers attending and people will have to keep at least 2m (6ft) apart, singing is banned and priests will have to wear a mask when giving out communion. Large scale gatherings will remain banned until the end of August.
  • From 6 May - all shops can reopen, families can meet and eat in public, people can visit relatives in care homes, and pupils will return to school before the summer break.
  • From 18 May - Anyone entering or returning from the EU, Schengen countries and Great Britain will no longer have to go into 14-day domestic quarantine. The quarantine rules still apply to those returning from other countries.
  • Unnecessary international travel is banned until 14 June.
  • From 15 June - border controls with 9 countries such as Switzerland, France, Austria and Denmark lifted and worldwide travel warning lifted.
  • From 23 June - the district of Gutersloh and Warendorf reimpose lockdown - Social distancing measures will return to the level of March. People in the district can only meet people outside who belong to their own household. Indoor group activities will be banned. Concerts, cinemas, museums, galleries will be closed. Sport in closed rooms will be banned. Gyms, swimming pools and saunas will be closed. Picnics and barbecue will be banned. Bars and cafes will be closed. Restaurants can only serve meals to go. read more here
  • Social distancing rules will stay in place until 29 June, such as maintaining a distance of 1.5m (5ft). Up to 10 people will be allowed to meet together in public but people should still try to see as few people as possible.
  • From 24 July - people who return from high-risk countries will now be required to take a coronavirus test at the airport. Anyone who can't show a negative result, including people who refuse the test, will have to go into quarantine for 14 days.
  • Ban on large gatherings is extended until at least the end of October.
  • Schools will return to normal after the summer holidays.


  • GEORGIA
  • State of emergency measures until 22 May, including a night curfew and the closure of most shops, restaurants and cafes. Public transport has been suspended and gatherings of more than three people are banned.
  • The cities of Tbilisi, Rustavi, Batumi and Kutaisi are locked down on April 15, with bans on vehicles entering or leaving.
  • Ease of lockdown:
    > Tbilisi will allow shops to reopen from 11 May.
    > Rustavi will reopen on 14 May.
    > The country is set to reopen to foreign tourists from 1 July. Domestic tourism will resume from 15 June.


  • GIBRALTAR
  • From 1 June :
    > Cafes, bars and restaurants have reopened and can operate at 50% capacity, with social distancing measures in place.
    > Trips to the top of the Rock to view the famous Macaque monkeys are possible too, but are being limited to groups of no more than 12 people at a time. > Beaches are accessible throughout the day.


  • GREECE
  • The closure of all non-essential shops has been extended to 11 April Incoming flights from the Netherlands have been banned, and those from Germany restricted.
  • From 18 May - Middle and high schools, shopping malls and archaeological sites reopened. Greeks are now allowed to travel to neighbouring regions on the mainland, and ferries to Crete have restarted.
  • From 25 May - Ferry services resume to all islands and ports. Cafes and restaurants also reopen.
  • From 1 June - Primary schools have reopened as well as some hotels, open-air cinemas, public swimming pools and golf courses.
  • From 15 June :
    1. tourism season will begin with hotels set to reopen and international flights to the country slowly restarting from 1 July. It will allow visitors from 29 countries (Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, Israel, Switzerland, Japan, Malta, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Albania, Estonia, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Hungary, South Korea, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Finland). However those countries do not include Italy, Spain and France - which have been badly hit by the pandemic and flights from the UK banned until 15 July. read more here
    2. Brothels allowed to reopen - rules brought in include card-only payments, a time limit of 15 minutes per customer, compulsory face masks and workers taking a list of clients' contact details in case they need to be traced.
  • From 1 July - tests are to be conducted daily at airports. Visitors will also have to fill out information forms, and disclose where they are staying, at least 48 hours before entering the country.
  • From 6 July - all but essential travel banned from Serbia for a week.
  • From 14 July - anyone crossing the country's land border with Bulgaria will be required to prove they've tested negative for coronavirus.


  • HAITI
  • Has stopped flights from many international destinations, its closing borders and imposing a curfew.


  • HONDURAS
  • Has banned gatherings of more than 50 people - non-essential public and private sector businesses will also be shut, flights called off temporarily, and suspended public transport The measures will be in effect for 7 days. Exceptions to the public sector suspensions include healthcare, emergency services, security and national defence, customs, migration, ports and airports. In the private sector, banks, hospitals, pharmaceutical firms, petrol stations, freight operators and a few other sectors will continue to operate.


  • HONG KONG
  • All foreigners banned for the foreseeable future. All non-Hong Kong residents flying in will be denied entry to the region. Those coming to Hong Kong from mainland China, Macau and Taiwan have to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
  • Closure of bars, pubs, gyms, cinemas, mahjong parlours, karaoke lounges, nightclubs, beauty salons and massage parlours along with the ban on public gatherings of more than four people until 7 May.
  • From 4 May - Sports facilities, libraries and museums will open but the ban on meetings of more than four people will remain in place. Civil servants return to work.

  • From 8 May - Bars, gyms, cinemas, beauty parlours and other public venues have re-opened. These places will have to adhere to several conditions. Nail salons for example must disinfect all equipment before and after every treatment, and both customers and staff members must wear masks. Restrictions on the number of people that can sit together at a restaurant, or meet in public, have also been relaxed - with the limit doubled to eight.
  • From 14 May - arrivals in to the country go through mandatory coronavirus test with a wait of several hours in a large hall for the results to come back, then have to put on a tracking bracelet and install an app on the phone to enable contact tracing.
  • From 18 June - The Disneyland theme park is set to reopen - but with a reduced number of visitors. Visitors will also be required to wear face masks.
  • From 13 July - all schools will be shut.
  • From 15 July - Public gatherings of more than four people will be forbidden. All restaurants will only be able to serve takeaway orders from 6pm to 5am. Outside of these hours, there will be a maximum of four people per table. Masks being made mandatory for all passengers on public transport,with a fine of HK$5,000 ($645; £514) for any failings. Only infants under the age of two are exempt, along with those with a "reasonable excuse" such as a medical condition. Bars and some establishments, such as gyms and gaming centres, will have to shut down for two weeks. Flexible working arrangement will be implemented for civil servants, while the government also urges companies to allow employees to work from home. Walt Disney will temporarily close its theme park.
  • From 29 July - for sever days - residents will no longer be allowed to gather in groups larger than two, while dining in restaurants will be banned, popular beaches sealed off and new limits on the movement of ship and flight crews will apply. Compulsory mask wearing has also been expanded to cover outdoor areas.


  • HUNGARY
  • Closed its borders at midnight on Monday 16th March.
  • From 28 March there will be nationwide lockdown - residents would only be allowed to leave their homes for work or to run essential errands. Between 9:00 and midday local time, grocery shops and pharmacies will also be required to close their doors to any shoppers aged under 65. People would still be allowed to go outside, so long as they avoided travelling in groups.
  • From 15 July - it will prevent the entry of foreign nationals from a "red list" of countries deemed at a high risk of coronavirus. It has divided countries into three lists - red, yellow and green. The "red list" includes all African and Asian countries aside from China and Japan. European countries on the list are Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus, Montenegro and Ukraine. Hungarian citizens returning from "red" countries must pass a virus test and will have to quarantine for 14 days. The UK is on the "yellow list". Visitors from the UK will have to enter a two-week quarantine unless they have tested negative for the virus within five days.


  • ICELAND
  • Ease of lockdown - From 27 May - Gatherings of up to 200 people are allowed. Nightclubs and gyms are also allowed to reopen.


  • INDIA
  • Has suspended all existing tourist visa (including OCI) until 15 April 2020 but exceptions may be granted on case by case basis. Movements of all types of passengers through the international border points with Pakistan also suspended from March 16 midnight. It has banned all travel from several countries including the UK, EU and Malaysia.
  • No international flights will be allowed to land in the country for one week starting 22 March, , but this could be extended.
  • Entire country is in lockdown from midnight on 24 March until 31 May - State borders have been closed, which means interstate buses, trains, domestic flights and other forms of public transport have been suspended. No citizen will be allowed to leave their homes during this period except to buy food and medical items, the following will remain open:
    > Shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables etc. However, district authorities may encourage home deliveries to be carried out instead
    > Banks, insurance offices and ATMs
    > Print and electronic media
    > Petrol stations
    > After 20 April - relaxing lockdown rules in non-virus hotspots - with agricultural businesses, public works programmes, banks, and trucks, trains and planes carrying cargo, allowed to resume. All agriculture and farming activities will be allowed. These include dairy, aquaculture, tea, coffee and rubber plantations as well as shops selling farming products. Public works programmes, which are a crucial source of employment for daily-wage earners, will also reopen while following social distancing norms.
    > Spitting banned under a federal act. In Mumbai, officials will charge 1,000 rupees (£10.40; $13) to those caught and in the national capital, Delhi, violators will have to pay up 2,000 rupees. read more here
    > By Law, those who are found guilty of attacking doctors or health workers can be sentenced to up to seven years in jail, and also carries a hefty fine that could run up to $6,500 (£5,200).
    > Compulsory for all public and private sector workers to use a smartphone app designed to trace people who may have been infected with coronavirus. The Aarogya Setu app alerts users who have come in contact with people later found to have Covid-19.
    Read full guidance here

  • A 20tn-rupee ($266bn, £217bn) support package announced to help the public and businesses:
    > free food to be provided to domestic migrants for two months. workers would be able to use ration cards - usually only valid at village level - anywhere in the country regardless of where it was issued.
    > "special credit" to be provided to five million street hawkers who have been forced to cease working over the last month and a half.
    > emergency $4bn "working capital funding" which would benefit some 30 million small farmers to meet crop requirements in May and June.
  • Indian railways have cancelled all passenger services till 12 May, from Monday 23rd March. Only government workers in "essential services" will be allowed to travel on a truncated service.
  • Delhi :
    > Ordered all residents to wear face masks in public. All domestic and international flights into the city are suspended, no public transport apart from a few buses that will have to operate at 25% capacity. Government Quarantine facilities to come up in Jharoda Kalan, Wazirabad.
    > all university exams have been cancelled and students will be evaluated on earlier assessments.
  • Mumbai - Ordered all residents to wear face masks in public. This applies to people driving vehicles, working in offices or attending any meeting or gathering. The masks can be homemade or bought at a pharmacy, Offenders will be "strictly penalised" and could even face arrest. Officials at airports and hospitals told to stamp the left hand of those who should be quarantined at home with indelible ink that lasts for 14 days. The stamp shows the date until which a person is to be quarantine. Police have been told to stay at home if they're older than 55.
  • Karnataka - mandatory for those asked to self-quarantine to send officials a selfie every hour. Those who do not comply will be shifted to mass quarantine facilities, which have not received the best reviews. The selfies have to be taken with a special surveillance app and must be sent every hour apart from 10pm local time to 7am - which has been mandated for sleeping. Experts will check the selfies to make sure they are consistent, and also visit homes and take their own pictures.
  • Uttar Pradesh - passed a temporary law allowing for jail terms of between seven years and life if a person causes death by "intentional affliction" of Covid-19. Under the law, the punishment for "intentional affliction" of the virus is imprisonment of two to five years. But if a death occurs due to someone intentionally spreading the virus, then the jail term is harsher - ranging from seven years to life, coupled with a fine of $3,970 (£3,200) to $6,610.
  • From 19 June - Full lockdown for Chennai, Thiruvallur, Chengalpet and Kanchipuram districts until the end of June.
  • From 26 June - Indian Railways have cancelled all passenger, mail and express trains until 12 August. Those with booked tickets will get a refund. read more here
  • From 30 June - Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and West Bengal will be in lockdown until 31 July. Jharkhand, Nagaland and Assam have also announced lockdown measures.
  • From 8 July - West Bengal imposes strict lockdown for a week in areas with high infection rates - All offices in these areas will be shut, transportation has been halted, and no marketing, industrial or trading activities will be allowed.
  • From 14 July - Banglore imposed with a lockdown - public transport will be halted, only essential shops will be allowed to remain open and all religious places will be shut, among other restrictions.
  • From 16 July - Bihar imposed with a 16-day state-wide lockdown.
  • From 22 July - Kashmir Valley have imposed a six-day lockdown. The restrictions will apply to the entire Kashmir valley, apart from one district, Bandipora.
  • From 23 July - Poonthura, a hamlet of fishermen next door to the capital city of Trivandrum, have been served with strict stay-at-home orders. Nobody can enter or leave the place. Businesses are shut and transport suspended. Commandos and policemen have patrolled the streets to enforce a stringent lockdown.
  • Iconic monument Taj Mahal has shut down.

  • The UK is chartering an initial seven flights to repatriate UK nationals stuck in India. The flights to London will leave from:
    > Mumbai on the 9 and 11 April
    > New Delhi on the 9 and 11 April
    > Goa on the 8, 10 and 12 April
    read more here
    More flights scheduled for the UK for the next two weeks from 10 April - Read more here and here

  • Vande Bharat Mission plans to operate 64 flights from 7 to 13 May to bring home thousands of its citizens stranded abroad. The flights will be sent to 12 countries which include the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Qatar and Malaysia. But Indians wanting to return will be expected to pay for their tickets (the prices will vary based on the port of departure) and will only be able to board if they're not showing any symptoms for the virus. They will also be subject to extensive screening when they return as well as be quarantined.

  • Some ease of lockdown :
    > Read more here
    > Indian Railway to partially restart passenger train services from 12 May, special trains will run from Delhi to 15 cities, including Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad and services will then be gradually increased. Tickets can be purchased online. It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear masks and undergo screening at departure terminals.
    > Supreme Court has ruled that returning migrant workers should not be charged a train or bus fare - and that state governments must foot the bill. It also said that Indian Railways will have to ensure that passengers are given food and water.
    > From 18 May - Offices can work with staggered business hours, shops are allowed to open with a limited number of customers, and states have been given the authority to identify containment zones, which will continue to have restrictions in place, while other areas can open up. States also have the authority to allow inter-state travel but air travel, metro rail services, schools, colleges, religious places, hotels and places for social gatherings will remain shut. The rules will need further clarifications from each state. Read more here
    > From 25 May - Domestic flights will resume. Read more here
    > From 1 June - 200 trains scheduled to run. Counter booking open.
    > From 4 June - Those arriving in Delhi will now need to quarantine themselves for seven days instead of 14.
    > From 8 June - hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and places of worship will be allowed to open. Read more here
    > From 23 June - pulse oximeters will be provided to all those in home isolation in Delhi, Oximeters measure oxygen levels and can help identify people who are infected.
    > From 1 July - Tamil Nadu open places of worship - Guidance here
    > From 14 July - Jammu and Kashmir will open for tourism in phases, only those arriving by flights who can produce confirmed hotel bookings and a return ticket will be allowed. Passengers will also have to be tested as they arrive.
    > From 24 July - International passengers arriving at Delhi will have to pay for their quarantine of seven days. This will be followed by a week of home quarantine, according to the latest guidelines. Passengers will also have to undergo two rounds of mandatory screening before they can go into quarantine.
    > From 3 August - night-time curfew has been lifted and gyms will be allowed to open and restrictions will remain in force in designated containment zones.


  • INDONESIA
  • All people asked to work, study and worship from home. National exams have been scrapped.
  • Ban all arrivals by foreign nationals, including those in transit. Exemptions apply for permanent residents, those with visas for temporary stays, and diplomatic visitors.
  • Compulsory for everyone to wear cloth face masks outside from 12 April.
  • Temporarily ban domestic air and sea travel from 24 April.
  • Indonesian president's Eid 'open house' cancelled for 24 May.
  • Ease of lockdown :
    > From 14 May - to allow people under the age of 45 to work outside their homes.
    > From 15 May - domestic flights reopened with restrictions in place. Those allowed to fly include state officials, workers for private and state-owned enterprises catering to essential services, and people needing emergency medical care, among others.
    > From 5 June - Jakarta has reopened its mosques and other places of worship.
    > From 31 July - Bali will allow Indonesian tourists to visit.
    > From 11 September - Bali will allow international tourists to visit but tourists will need a negative test result from their home country, or Indonesian city of origin, before being allowed in. They will also need to fill in an online form, set up by the local government, to enable tracing in case needed.


  • IRAN
  • Urging Iranians to cancel travel plans for new year - or Nowruz - festivities, which begin on 20 March.
  • Economic activities would resume from 11 April. Schools, universities, as well as religious and social centres will remain closed and travel between cities forbidden until at least 18 April - it will stop cars with non-local number plates, fine owners and confiscate vehicles in order to enforce the measure.
  • All mosques reopen temporarily for 3 days on 12 May.
  • From 24 May - religious, cultural and historic sites reopen.
  • Fron 25 May - Shrines including those of Imam Reza in Mashhad and Hazrat Masumeh in Qom reopen - Worshippers and pilgrims will be allowed to access courtyards, but not porticoes and other covered areas. They will also be required comply with guidelines on hygiene and social distancing. The shrines will open one hour after dawn and close one hour before sunset, rather than stay open around the clock.
  • From 5 July - wearing of masks mandatory in covered public places. They would be obligatory in covered areas where there were gatherings. The police and the paramilitary militia will be empowered to enforce the rule. Those who are caught will face sanctions, such as being denied basic state services. Meanwhile, workplaces that fail to comply will be closed for a week.
  • From 14 July has reinstated restrictions in Tehran - universities, schools, seminaries, libraries, wedding venues, beauty salons, mosques, cinemas, theatres and museums would be closed for one week. Social, cultural and religious ceremonies are also temporarily banned.


  • IRAQ
  • A seven-day curfew has begun in the capital, Baghdad on 18 March.
  • From 23 July - commercial flights has resumed.
  • From 29 July - a 10-day lockdown is in effect.


  • IRELAND
  • Restrictions in place until 18 May - businesses to close and people will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential jobs which cannot be done from home, food shopping, social care for family, for farming purposes or for exercise less than 2km (1.2 miles) from their home. All public gatherings are banned and those over the age of 70 must "cocoon" in their homes. Penalties, including fines of up to £5,000 will apply for not complying - read more here
  • Major public gatherings of more than 5,000 people will remain banned until at least 1 September.
  • From 5 May - People will be allowed to exercise up to 5km (3.1 miles) from their home - up from the previous 2km - and cocooning residents will be allowed to leave their house up to the 5km limit.
  • From 8 June - reopening of small and large retail outlets where social distancing is possible, libraries can reopen and an increase in travel restrictions to 20km (12 miles), up from 5km (3 miles). read more here
  • From 15 June - Shopping malls can open, provided only shops reopen.
  • From 29 June - indoor gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed, along with outdoor gatherings of up to 200. Cinemas, gyms and hairdressers can reopen and places of worship can hold services again. read more here
  • From 20 July - the limit for gatherings will increase to 100 people indoors and 500 outdoors.
  • From 17 July - the following restrictions will apply for every weekend (From 17:00 on Friday (14:00 GMT) until 05:00 on Sunday) until further notice :
    > only essential shops will be allowed to open, gyms will close and restaurants will operate a takeaway or delivery service.
    > Hairdressers, zoos, markets and tourist sites will also shut.
    > Gatherings of more than 10 people in closed spaces and 20 outside will be banned.
    > Beaches will also close on weekends from 24 July.
  • From 23 July - has relaxed quarantine rules on travel to and from 15 European countries but says the safest thing is still not to travel. The "green list" includes Malta, Finland, Norway, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and the Baltic republics. The UK, France and Spain remain on the quarantine list.


  • ISRAEL
  • Ordering people not to leave their homes unless they need to get food or medication, seek medical attention, or carry out essential work. Public gatherings are banned, although there will be exceptions for funerals in the open air and Jewish circumcision ceremonies. And only two people living in the same home will be allowed outside at one time.
  • Citizens asked to wear face masks in public.
  • Trips to parks, playgrounds, beaches, pools and libraries are banned.
  • From 26 April, shops with street access are allowed to open but shopping malls and markets must remain closed. Restaurants are now allowed to offer take-away food in addition to delivery services.
  • From 31 May - Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem has reopened.
  • From 2 July - To allow its domestic intelligence services to access mobile phone data of those diagnosed with coronavirus for the next three weeks. Under the new law, the Shin Bet will be allowed to access the location of patients for 14 days before their diagnosis, which is necessary to identify new cases.
  • From 3 July - Bars, night clubs, gyms and public halls will all be closed. The number of people allowed in synagogues and restaurants will also be restricted. On top of new restrictions on indoor gatherings there are localised lockdowns in parts of the cities of Lod and Ashdod.


  • ITALY
  • In lockdown from 9 March until 3 May - Bars, restaurants most shops, schools, universities and parks are closed but booksellers, stationery shops and sellers of baby clothes, Computer production and paper manufacturing open from 14 April. Nearly all Italians have been told to stay at home.
  • Italians are also now banned from leaving their own town to travel within the country.
  • Has increased punishments for breaking its control measures, including fines of thousands of euros and five-year prison terms for anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus and breaks quarantine. read more here
  • Furloughed workers are entitled to 80% of their pay.
  • From 4 May - restaurants are allowed to offer takeaway service, parks are reopening, outdoor exercise is permitted, people can visit relatives albeit with masks, funerals with a maximum of 15 people can resume and some businesses are restarting. Face masks will be mandatory at work and on public transport.
  • From 18 May - Shops and restaurants (reduced numbers, with tables forced to be further apart and plastic shields needed to separate customers) are due to reopen providing social distancing is enforced. Catholic churches to resume mass but there will be strict social distancing and worshippers must wear face masks. Other faiths will also be allowed to hold religious services.
  • From 25 May - Gyms and swimming pools reopen.
  • From 30 May - the Tower of Pisa in Italy has opened up to tourists again. only 15 will be allowed in the tower at any one time. And visitors will have to wear masks and an electronic gadget which sends out warning signals and sounds if someone gets within a metre of someone else.
  • From 1 June - The Colosseum reopen. New health precautions have been put in place, including temperature checks and onsite medical staff. Visitors must also wear face masks.
  • From 3 June :
    > All travel restrictions will be lifted - Italians can travel abroad and foreign visitors can enter the country, with no more need for the forms justifying the trip. All travel to and from the European Union, the Schengen zone and the United Kingdom is now allowed, although not yet for visitors travelling via those countries but starting their journey from elsewhere.
    > If people want to visit the Italian tourist attraction such as Pompeii, they need to book a place in advance. Then, when they arrive, they'll need to have their temperatures checked by a thermal scanner. They also have to follow a specific route through the site.
  • From 10 July - arrivals from 13 "at-risk" countries including Armenia, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova and Peru are banned. Meanwhile arrivals from Serbia will now have to quarantine because of the rise in cases there.


  • JAPAN
  • Has banned entry to certain categories of Chinese nationals and nationals from the US, Canada, China, South Korea as well as most of Europe including the UK. read more here
  • State of emergency extended until 31 May (with some relaxations in most parts).
  • Fuji Rock Festival cancelled.
  • From 14 May - state of emergency has been lifted in most of Japan. The order still applies in Tokyo, Osaka and on the island of Hokkaido. People have been told to keep wearing masks and following distancing guidelines.
  • From 25 May - state of emergency lifted ending restrictions in the remaining areas where the order was still in effect.
  • From 2 June - Tokyo's Imperial Palace has reopened its grounds, but the number of visitors is limited to 50 each in the morning and afternoon.
  • From 30 June - bicycle riding new regulations apply - ringing a bell to annoy other cyclists, unnecessary braking and blocking pathways. if you're caught ringing your bell too much you could end up having to take a mandatory traffic safety course, or face a US$500 (£395) fine, unless you're under 14 years old.
  • From 1 July - The Disneyland and DisneySea attractions will reopen. Social distancing will be enforced, numbers will be limited, and guests must wear masks.
  • From 1 August - The Japanese prefecture of Okinawa introduces 15-day state of emergency - people to remain at home for the next two weeks.


  • JORDAN
  • Round-the-clock curfew indefinitely - people would be allowed to leave the homes on foot during the day to go to local grocery shops, bakeries and pharmacies. Anyone caught outside could be jaied for a year.
  • From 4 May - restrictions on economic activity are lifted, allowing all businesses and industries to resume production.


  • KAZAKHSTAN
  • From 5 July - re-impose nationwide restrictions - Sports facilities, shopping centres and many other businesses will close for at least two weeks.


  • KYRGYZSTAN
  • Banned entry to all foreigners.


  • LEBANON
  • The country will be in "total" shutdown from 12 May at 19:00 (16:00 GMT) until 18 May at 05:00 - restaurants, hair salons and shops had reopened but now they will be forced to close.
  • The security forces will begin issuing fines to anyone caught in public without a face mask. Passengers on public transport risk a fine of around $16 (£13) if they do not wear one.
  • From 1 July - Beirut international airport has reopened.
  • From 30 July - a raft of restrictions have been reimposed for the next four days.


  • LUXEMBOURG
  • From 28 July - masks are compulsory in shops, restaurants and on public transport. Social distancing is in force, and most leisure and cultural facilities are open.


  • MALAYSIA
  • Citizens banned from travelling abroad while foreigners will not be permitted to enter the country from 18 March until 31 March and has closed its borders to all foreigners. All returning Malaysians will have to self quarantine for 14 days.
  • Closing all schools, universities, places of worship and most businesses until 12 May, large gatherings prohibited.
  • Citizens won't be allowed to visit Mecca and Medina for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in July.
  • From 4 May - businesses will be allowed to reopen but those that usually involve large gatherings of employees would remain shut.


  • MALDIVES
  • Has implemented entry restrictions on tourists arriving from Spain, Germany, France, Italy, South Korea, China and Bangladesh.
  • From 15 July - tourist resorts will reopen, Foreign visitors will not need to undergo virus tests to enter the country.


  • MAURITIUS
  • In lockdown until at least 15 April - People will shop for essentials on allocated days depending on the first letter of their surname and shoppers will only have 30 minutes to finish their shopping. This means that, those whose surnames begin with A-F will shop on Monday and Thursday, G-N on Tuesday and Friday and O-Z on Wednesday and Saturday. The shops will be closed on Sunday.


  • MEXICO
  • Closing museums, gyms, bars, theatres and more, from Monday 23 March until 19 April. Shopping malls and restaurants will stay open, and gatherings are being limited to 50 people.
  • Schools in Mexico will not reopen at the start of the academic year on 24 August. In response, the government has made a deal with major television networks to broadcast a nation-wide home schooling scheme.


  • MYANMAR
  • From 21 July - high schools have reopened. High schools can only reopen after thorough disinfection and enough hand-washing facilities are installed. Each classroom can only accommodate 20 students, and desks have to be at least six feet apart. Students and teachers also have to get their temperature taken before entering school premises, and wearing a mask and a face shield is mandatory inside classrooms.


  • NEPAL
  • Has shut its borders and is in lockdown until 18 May, refusing entry to even its own citizens.
  • From 22 July, has officially ended its lockdown. While most of the lockdown restrictions have been removed, schools and cinemas will remain closed and large gatherings remain banned. International and domestic flights will resume from 17 August. All international passengers, both arriving and departing, will need to have a certificate saying they are not infected.
  • From 1 August - Nepal is set to resume trekking and climbing in the countrys mountains including Everest. Permits are now being issued for the autumn season. The government is still finalising plans for foreign arrivals including a potential quarantine rule.


  • NETHERLANDS
  • Ban all flights from Spain for two weeks from Saturday 21 March, unless they are carrying Dutch nationals or medical supplies.
  • Closure of schools, restaurants and bars until 28 April at least.
  • Bans all gatherings of three or more people who do not leave together until June.
  • Furloughed workers are entitled to as much as 90% of their previous earnings for three months.
  • Lockdown relaxations:
    > From 11 May - Primary schools, day cares, hairdressers, beauticians, other contact professions, driving schools, libraries can reopen. People should try to keep their distance where possible but face masks won't be required.
    > From 1 June :
    1. Everyone on public transport must wear a face mask, Fines of €95 (£85) apply for those who fail to comply.
    2. Secondary schools can reopen.
    3. Museums can admit visitors - though it's advance bookings only, social distancing rules apply inside and visitor numbers are restricted.
    4. Bars, cafes and restaurants can now serve inside and on terraces. A maximum of 30 customers will be allowed indoors, and there is no limit to outdoor terrace numbers - though people from different households must keep their distance.
    5. Cinemas, theatres and concert venues can resume performances for audiences of up to 30.
    6. Teenagers can play team games without keeping 1.5 metres from each other, but competitions are still prohibited.
    > From 1 July - Restaurants, bars, (cinemas, theatres and museums?) can start operating again, under strict conditions: only with reservations and people must maintain a distance of 1.5 metres. Brothels will be allowed to re-open.
    > From 1 September - professional sports, camp sites and churches can open doors again.


  • NEW ZEALAND
  • All non-essential services (businesses including bars, restaurants, cafes and schools) will close. The changes will come into effect from Wednesday 25 March until 29 April. Public transport only available for people in essential services, People must stay at home or remain at least two metres (6.5ft) apart if they do go outside.
  • Domestic flights, trains and ferries will be running until midnight on Friday 27 March.
  • All people arriving from overseas to go straight to a managed quarantine facility.

  • Ease of lockdown from 28 April:
    > People still have to stay in what's called their "household bubble", but they can expand that bubble now: to meet close family, caregivers, or support isolated people
    > People should work from home where possible but businesses are allowed to open if they can provide contactless service
    > Restaurants can do "contactless" takeaway
    > For recreational activities, you can drive short distances with people from your household bubble
    > Schools can reopen but have to ensure social distancing
    > Mass gatherings will remain cancelled, and public venues closed.
  • From 13 May - Up to 10 people can meet up although more are allowed if they're family, up to 50 people allowed at funerals and up to 100 people will be able to attend events like weddings. People will be able to go back to work. Retail stores, malls, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and other public spaces allowed to reopen - with social distancing of at least 1m. Schools can reopen from 18 May, but bars must wait until 21 May. Travel around the country will be allowed again. Public facilities can re-open, and sport competitions can resume too.
  • From 9 June - All restrictions within the country will be lifted - only borders will remain closed. Public and private events, retail, hospitality, public transport and domestic travel will all be allowed without any restrictions. The only things that won't change for now are quarantine measures for arriving New Zealanders and a ban on foreign arrivals.


  • NORTH KOREA
  • The UK has temporarily closed its embassy in Pyongyang and staff have departed the country - the lockdown in the country made it "impossible" to rotate the small number of staff and sustain work at the diplomatic compound.
  • From 26 July - has locked down the city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea.


  • NORWAY
  • In strict lockdown from 12 March.
  • Shut down all airports and ports from 0800 local time on Monday, 16th March.
  • Ease of its lockdown:
    > From 7 May - groups of up to 20 people allowed to gather privately, provided they stay one metre apart. Events in public places with up to 50 people are allowed if they stick to the same social-distancing.
    > From 11 may all schools will reopen.
    > From 1 June bars and amusement parks can reopen with social distancing measures.
    > From 16 June - Top-level football will be allowed again.
    > Anyone visiting Sweden will be required to go into quarantine for 10 days when they return.
    > From 26 July - it will start quarantining people arriving from Spain.


  • OMAN
  • Will undergo a "total lockdown" of all its governates from 25 July to 8 August. All travel between governates will be banned during the period, which includes the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. A daily curfew will also be place from 19:00 to 06:00 local time, and shops and public spaces will be closed during these hours.


  • PAKISTAN
  • The entire province of Sindh, including Karachi, is going into lockdown from midnight on Sunday 22nd March until 1 May. Residents will only be allowed out of their homes for essential purposes. All offices, public parks, main markets, public transport and shops other than pharmacies and those selling food items have been ordered to close. From 17 Apil certain businesses allow to open include cement, fertiliser, chemical manufacturing, glass manufacturing, e-commerce (aimed at exports), mines, paper and packaging manufacturers and a number of other smaller businesses.
  • From Tuesday 24 March, Karachi and Sukkur airports will be closed for domestic flights. International flights has already been stopped across the country.
  • Schools and colleges are closed. All exams have been cancelled.
  • Wearing face masks is mandatory when out in public.
  • From 9 May - curbs eased on businesses, including marketplaces. Out-patient departments will also reopen. Shop opening times remain restricted - markets will open only in the day and be shut over weekends to try to prevent overcrowding.
  • From 18 June - Lahore and other cities under "smart lockdowns" lasting at least two weeks. These lockdowns would come into force wherever at least 300 cases of Covid-19 had been confirmed. Police are guarding the entry and exit points of locked-down areas. In an emergency, only one person in a household will be allowed to leave. Markets, shopping malls and restaurants, including government and private offices, will remain closed in the sealed areas but grocery shops and pharmacies are allowed to open. Public and private transport is banned.


  • PANAMA
  • Is also keeping out foreigners. All shops in the country - except supermarkets, pharmacies and medical centres - have been ordered to close.
  • Only women are allowed out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two hours to go to the shops. Men can go on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. No one is allowed out on Sunday.
  • International flights are suspended until 22 August.


  • PARAGUAY
  • Has close its borders until Sunday 29 March.


  • PERU
  • Has closed its borders and suspended air and sea transport for 14 days.
  • Imposing quarantine measures until 26 April - only one person per family unit can go out from Monday to Saturday to buy food or medicine, or go to the bank. As with the previous measure, no-one is allowed out on Sundays.
  • Nationwide curfew on 9 april and 10 April.
  • From 1 July - Machu Picchu is set to reopen.
  • From 27 June - nationwide lockdown ends. Those under 14 or over 65 will remain under stay-at-home orders across the country until 31 July. However, children will be permitted to be outdoors for one hour a day, with an adult, as opposed to the current 30-minute limit. A nightime curfew will remain across the country and the national state of emergency has been extended until the end of July.
  • Peruvians will this year only be given one day off work on 28 July to celebrate Peru's independence from Spain, rather than the traditional three days.


  • PHILIPPINE
  • Domestic flights in and out of the capital have also been halted for a month as of 15 March 2020.
  • Foreign tourists intending to leave the Philippines from international airports in the country's main Luzon region may fly out of the country at any time.
  • Inbound international passengers are also allowed entry, subject to strict immigration and quarantine protocols.
  • From midnight on Sunday 22 March, entry for foreigners will be banned.
  • Issuance of visas and visa-free privileges worldwide has been suspended, foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals are exempted, as are foreign government and international organisation officials and their dependents with previously issued visas. The suspension of visas will last until 12 April.
  • starting 17 March - Most people asked to stay at home. The "enhanced community quarantine" will stay in place Manila and other high risk areas until mid-August.
  • School classes have been cancelled and police and army personnel are manning quarantine checkpoints and enforcing evening curfews.
  • British embassy advise people stuck in the Philippines will be flown home on four flights. On 7 April the Philippine Airline flights will leave from airports in Palawan, Cebu, Bohol and Siarago. They will connect in Manila, where two planes will fly back to London Heathrow. Each passenger will need to pay £1,000 ($1,227) for the flight package, regardless of where they're flying from. The most vulnerable passengers, including the elderly, people with serious health conditions, or people who are running out of medicine, will be given priority.
  • Stock market shutdown, suspending trading from 17 March.
  • Philippines budget airline Cebu Pacific has extended the cancellation of its domestic and international flights from 16 to 31 May. more details here
  • From 1 June - Most businesses will be permitted to reopen and public transport will also partially resume. Schools, dine-in restaurants, and tourist spots will remain closed.


  • POLAND
  • Foreigners are temporarily banned from entering the country and returning Polish citizens must be quarantined for 14 days.
  • Borders have been closed until 13 April. Goods will still be able to move freely across the borders.
  • From 1 April for at least 2 weeks - Parks, beaches, squares and other public areas are to close. Essential workers must wear gloves and use work stations at least 1.5m (5ft) apart. Supermarkets will only be allowed to let in three customers at a time for each checkout it operates.
  • The closure of schools, pre-schools and universities extended until 24 May. The matura exams, Poland's A-level equivalent, will now take place between 8-29 June. The equivalent of GCSEs will take place between 16-18 June.
  • During the week beginning 11 May - hotels can reopen - although foreign tourists would still have to quarantine for two weeks.
  • From 18 May - hairdressers and restaurants to reopen.


  • PORTUGAL
  • To approve all applications for legal residence by migrants, because of a backlog of cases made worse by the coronavirus.
  • People are banned from leaving their local area without official documentation and police vehicle checks will be carried out to enforce the closure.
  • Plan announced to reopen but face masks are now compulsory on public transport and people are still being asked to stay at home where possible read more here
  • From 15 June - travel restrictions relaxed.
  • From 23 June - lockdown measures in a number of districts in Lisbon. Outdoor gatherings are again limited to 10 people, shops must close by 20:00 local time and restaurants must stop serving drinks by the same hour.
  • From 28 June - Fines of up to 350 euros (£318) are to be introduced for people taking part in illegal gatherings.


  • QATAR
  • Shopping malls. mosques and schools are closed. Building sites are open with preventive measures in place.
  • Has made the wearing of face masks compulsory, anyone defying the order could face up to three years in prison or be fined more than $55,000 (£45,000).
  • From 15 June - about 500 mosques can reopen for prayer except on Fridays. Shops in malls with at least 300 sq m (3,230 sq ft) of floor space are allowed to open on weekdays, but not weekends.
  • From 13 July - All Qatar Airways passengers from Pakistan must show a negative test result within 72 hours of their flight.


  • ROMANIA
  • Considering closing its borders and has appealed to tourists and business people to return home urgently.


  • RUSSIA
  • Has temporarily banned all foreigners from entering the country, the ban will come into effect on 18 March and will remain in place until the Covid-19 pandemic is contained. Exceptions will be made for diplomats and permanent residents.
  • All overseas flights are suspended from 27 March. The ban will not apply to repatriation flights and flights carried out by "separate orders of the Russian government".
  • It is fully closing its borders from Monday 20 March - this includes all rail, road, footpath, river and combined crossing points.
  • Schools will have three-week holiday from Monday 23 March.
  • It has closed cinemas, nightclubs and children's entertainment venues and all shops except pharmacies and grocery stores are to close until 11 May. All essential workers will continue in their jobs, but everyone else must stay at home. Salaries will still be paid in this period.
  • Anyone infected who breaks quarantine faces seven years behind bars if others die as a result, while those who spread misinformation about coronavirus could receive a five year sentence.
  • Companies hit by the outbreak would get a tax relief.
  • Families would be eligible for new welfare payouts.
  • Moscow - From Monday 30 March until 31 May, people will only be allowed to leave their homes to seek urgent medical help, go to work if they are required to, shop for basic necessities such as food and medicine and throw out household waste. People can walk their pets "no more than 100 metres from their place of residence". Those diagnosed with coronavirus - who have been ordered to stay at home will have to use app which will request access to users' calls, location, camera, storage, network information and other data, and is designed to check that people do not leave their homes while contagious. Traffic cameras will check cars for digital travel permits. Anyone with cold-like symptoms will also have to stay home, as will their family members. From 12 May - some measures relaxed including a return to work for industrial and construction companies.
  • Exams for final-year secondary school students will go ahead in June. Students will be given masks, gloves and other protective equipment in the exam rooms.
  • Full nationwide lockdown is over but regional authorities would have a final say on whether or not to ease the current restrictions :
    > Moscow :
    1. From 1 June - Car dealerships, dry cleaners, shoe repair stores, bookshops and launderettes reopen.Residents are now allowed out for walks three times a week on designated days between 09:00 and 21:00,, assigned according to the address they live at. People can also do sports outside, but only between 05:00 (02:00 GMT) and 09:00 and only if they wear a face mask.
    2. From 9 June - hairdressers and beauty salons reopen, cemeteries reopen, theatres and circuses and musicians can begin to rehearse again. read more here
    3. From 16 June - Restaurants, cafes, libraries, museums and zoos reopen.


  • SAUDI ARABIA
  • Closed public spaces and suspended most government operations on 15 March, while Kuwait largely went into lockdown over the weekend, closing all shopping malls except for those related to food and halted all commercial flights to and from the country.
  • From Saturday 21 March - all domestic flights will be suspended. Buses, taxis and trains will be stopped for two weeks. The suspension does not apply to essential flights relating to humanitarian and medical aircraft or buses used to transport people for health reasons.
  • Has ordered a nationwide curfew from 7pm to 6am for 21 days starting on Monday 23 March.
  • It has suspended all prayers in mosques, with the exemption of one in Mecca, and another in Al-Medina. Restrictions apply on worship at Mecca's Grand Mosque and Al Medina - Worshippers will no longer be allowed to pray in the overflow areas outside the mosques.
  • People will be stopped from entering or leaving the capital Riyadh and the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
  • Entry and exit into the Jeddah governorate shut down and curfew imposed from 15:00 local time (12:00 GMT).
  • International visitors are banned from making the Islamic pilgrimage, or Hajj, this year. Only 1000 local nationals to be allowed to take the Hajj.
  • Ease of lockdown:
    > From 31 May - Bans on travelling within the country, praying in mosques, and going to work in both government and the private sector will be lifted. Domestic flights will resume.
    > From 21 June - curfew to be lifted across the country, with the only exception being the holy city of Mecca. Anyone wishing to leave home though is required to obtain a permit through a government app.


  • SENEGAL
  • On 15 March 2020 ordered all schools and universities closed for the next three weeks and religious festivals cancelled.
  • Ease of lockdown :
    > From 12 May - markets and businesses reopen. Mosques are allowed to reopen for prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, and churches can also welcome worshippers. The night-time curfew has been reduced by two hours, and will now run from 21:00 to 05:00 local time.
    > From 7 July - state of emergency and nighttime curfew will be lifted. The closure of public markets one day per week for cleaning will continue. Wearing face masks remains mandatory in public spaces, workplaces, public transport and shops.
    > From 15 July - resumption of international flights but under stringent safety measures.


  • SERBIA
  • Has sealed its borders to almost everyone.
  • Lifted its state of emergency on 7 May.
  • From 30 June - In capital Belgrade the wearing of masks is compulsory on public transport and in shopping malls, gyms and other sports facilities.
  • From 2 July - reimposed and tightened lockdown restrictions in certain parts of the country. Belgrade is expected to declare a state of emergency and place limits on the number of people indoors, require social distancing of 1.5m and tighten rules on wearing masks.


  • SINGAPORE
  • Advised its citizens to defer travel abroad. Foreigners residing in the country on a work pass visa will have to get approval from authorities to return.
  • Everyone should keep one metre distance from others and Social gatherings of any size (whether at home or in public) are banned. You could be fined up to S$10,000 (£5,700, US$7,000), jailed for up to six months nder the city-state's strict Infectious Diseases Act, or both.
  • From 7 April until 1 June - All schools and most workplaces will closed. All businesses except food establishments (takeaways and deliveries only), markets, supermarkets, clinics, hospitals, utilities, transport, pet stores, hairdressers (for a basic cut) and key banking services will be shut.
  • From 12 May - hairdressers, cake shops and laundry services allowed to reopen. Staff and visitors have to check in and out using a government app to allow contact tracing.
  • Phase 1 ease of lockdown from 2 June - more people will be allowed to return to their workplaces, to visit their parents and schools will gradually reopen. Foreign domestic workers have been told to stay home on their rest days and if they do wish to go out, they've been told to do so only on a weekday, to wear a mask and for a limited time only.
  • Phase 2 Phase 2 from 19 June - shops opening and gatherings of up to five people allowed. non-essential retail stores, gyms and most businesses allowed to re-open. Dine-in services in restaurants and cafes will also resume.
  • Masks are mandatory - If you're caught without a mask and no good excuse, you can be fined S$300 (£170) on the spot, $1,000 for a second offence. Repeat offenders could even face jail. There are exceptions for infants, people doing strenuous work or exercise, and a few other reasons.
  • From 11 August - people in quarantine will have to wear an electronic tracking device that will record their GPS location. Tampering with the device or flouting quarantine will lead to high fines and up to six months in prison.


  • SLOVANIA
  • Closed schools and shops from Monday 16 March and has also shut its borders.
  • From end of May - The official end of the epidemic will allow EU citizens to cross at certain border points without having to quarantine. People from non-EU countries will still face a two-week isolation period.


  • SLOVAKIA
  • Considering lockdown from Monday 16 March and has also shut its borders.
  • From 6 May - allowing shops outside shopping malls, hotels, museums, galleries and outdoor tourist attractions to reopen.
  • Citizens and legal foreign residents of Slovakia can visit the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany and Switzerland as long as they're back by the same time the following day. This is primarily to facilitate business meetings and family reunions. Those who take advantage of the scheme have to fill out a form on the border including the time of departure, which will be checked by police on their return.
  • From 3 June - remaining restrictions eased: people will be able to visit swimming pools without face masks, and more sporting facilities will reopen. However, face masks will remain obligatory in confined spaces and outside where a two-metre distance cannot be maintained. Free movement with Czech Republic restored.
  • From 10 June - people will no longer be required people to wear face masks outside. Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen, and the two-metre gap between customers in restaurants will become a recommendation rather than an obligation.


  • SOUTH KOREA
  • Social distance of at least 2m (6ft) and public gatherings banned until at least 19 April.
  • The public is asked to postpone or cancel all non-essential overseas travel.
  • Stricter rules in place from 26 March:
    > Arrivals from overseas have to download a phone application to track potential symptoms of coronavirus or they will not be granted entry into the country.
    > Foreigners will also have to abide by the 14-day self-quarantine rule or face deportation.
    > All international arrivals into the country have to go through a two-week period of self-isolation, either at their homes or government-designated facilities. These cost around $81 (£66) a day.
    > Even if travellers test negative for the virus, they must spend 14 days in isolation and use the application which is downloaded at the airport to record their symptoms. If they fail to use the app daily, the authorities will track them down.
    > There will be a zero-tolerance approach towards those who violate quarantine rules. Korean nationals could face legal action and foreigners will be expelled from the country. From 5 April, the penalty will be a year in prison or a fine of 10 million Korean won ($8,200, £6,600).
    > Travellers from China's Hubei province not allowed in.
  • From 20 May - Senior schools reopened with thermal scanning at entrances, spaced out desks and fitted them with plastic partitions, class times and lunch hours being staggered.
  • From 29 May - More than 200 schools have closed after they re-opened. Public parks and museums will be closed in Seoul and surrounding cities, businesses are being urged to encourage more flexible working, and people are once again being asked to avoid mass gatherings.
  • From 13 July - Foreign travellers visiting from countries with high numbers of coronavirus cases will need to provide certificates showing a negative test result. The vistors will need to show paperwork "issued within 48 hours", and the certificates must be issued from testing centres and medical facilities acknowledged by Seoul.


  • SPAIN
  • Is in lockdown and state of emergency until 21 June. People have been told not to leave home, except for buying essential supplies and medicines.
  • It will close all the country's hotels from Tuesday 24 March.
  • It has approved a plan to pay the poorest households in the country a basic income of $462 (£410; $514) a month. Larger households with receive a bigger monthly payment, up to a maximum of about $990 for households of five or more. This includes migrants who have lived in Spain for more than a year.
  • From 13 April the lockdown will be slightly eased: builders and some other non-essential workers can go back to work. On public transport people will get masks to wear, and the social-distancing rules remain in force.
  • From 26 April children under 14 are allowed out of their homes again after 6 weeks, Up to three children will be allowed out with one responsible adult for one hour and for up to 1km (0.6 miles) from their home. They will be allowed to run or scoot, and play with a ball or other toys, between 09:00 and 21:00. But parks and playgrounds will stay out of bounds and social distancing will have to continue.
  • From 4 May - Small businesses like hairdressers are opening though they can only serve customers who have made appointments.
  • From 11 May - gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed and outdoor spaces at restaurants can reopen with social distancing measures. Churches and mosques will be allowed to reopen, but only at limited capacity, and schools may partially reopen from 26 May. But these new relaxations only apply to certain parts of the country.
  • From 15 May - all overseas travellers arriving in Spain will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine, They will only be allowed out for medical reasons or for groceries, and will have to wear masks when doing so.
  • From 21 May - mandatory for everyone over the age of six to wear a face mask in places such as shops, offices, restaurants and public transport, and indoors and outdoors as well if social distancing isn't possible. Only those with health conditions such as asthma or anxiety, are exempt. To remain compulsory beyond 21 June, the measure will remain in place, with the government introducing a fine of up to $100 (£89) for non-compliance.
  • From 25 May - theatres, cinemas, art galleries, museums allowed to reopen at no more than a third of capacity and some schools will restarting.
  • From 21 June - international tourists quarantine to be lifted and most European countries, including UK, to be allowed to travel in.
  • From 4 July - reopening its borders to 12 non-EU countries, but Morocco, Algeria and China will not be among them, even though they're on the EU's safe list. That's until the three countries let Spanish nationals in too.
  • From 5 July :
    > Catalonia, north-eastern Spain goes into lockdown. People will not be able to enter or leave Segria - a county to the west of Barcelona - without permission. The area includes the city of Lleida. The measure will be enforced using police checkpoints. People will only be able to meet in groups of up to 10 people, both indoors and out. Compulsory for all residents and visitors to wear face coverings in public at all times.
    > Galicia is in lockdown until Friday. People living in La Marina, 140km (90 miles) east of La Coruna, are banned from leaving the area from midnight and gatherings of more than 10 people are banned. Only those who need to travel for work will be allowed to leave or enter. However people will be allowed to move around La Marina. In bars and restaurants, capacity will be reduced to 50% and people will be required to wear face masks, even when they are outdoors.
  • From 11 July - Majorca to threaten enormous fines of up to $600,000 (about £537,000) for illegal parties that breach local rules.
  • From 13 July - Balearic Islands - including Ibiza and Mallorca - have made masks compulsory in public even if you can socially distance. The only exceptions to the rule are when people are swimming, playing sport, or at the beach. Catalonia made a similar decision last week Authorities in Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias La Rioja, Murcia and Navarra now also plan to impose similar measures.
  • From 17 July - New measures recommended in Barcelona, which are due to last two weeks, include limiting numbers of people in bars and restaurants and closing down nightclubs, gyms and cultural venues. People should only leave home for essential errands and that no more than 10 people should gather together at once.
  • From 24 July - In Catalonia, all nightclubs and late-night bars in the region are to close for the next two weeks.
  • From 27 July - a Spanish tourism group has offered to pay for tourists to take coronavirus tests.
  • From 28 July - Madrid have made wearing face masks in public compulsory at all times. Bars must also close by 01:00 local time (23:00 GMT), and gatherings in outdoor restaurants will be limited to 10 people. Checks will also be increased in the capital's main airport. Officials also recommend a maximum of 10 people for private gatherings at home, though this is not required by law.
  • Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean will not allow nightclubs to reopen this year or even through 2021 - or possibly even until there's a vaccine available.


  • SRI LANKA
  • Nationwide curfew remains in place indefinitely preventing residents from stepping out of their homes even for essentials. Mosques have also been ordered to shut indefinitely.
  • Ease of lockdown - From 26 May, measures to be eased including the curfew being lifted during the day.
  • From 4 July - have deployed more than 2,000 police officers in the Western Province, which includes the capital Colombo, to enforce the wearing of face masks in public places. Some of the officers will be in plain clothes. Those disobeying guidelines can be asked to undergo a mandatory self-quarantine for two weeks.


  • SWEDEN
  • All high schools (for students aged over 16) and universities to close from Wednesday 18 March, with teachers urged to arrange online lessons so that students can keep up with their work.
  • Visits to care homes for the elderly and gatherings of more than 50 people are banned.
  • Numerous major Swedish companies including Spotify, Ericsson and gaming giant King are asking employees to work from home as much as possible.
  • From 13 June - Swedes without any Covid-19 symptoms can travel freely within the country.
  • From 15 June - Schools for older pupils and universities can reopen but for summer schools and courses only.
  • From 7 July - imposed a social-distancing rule of at least one metre in bars, pubs and restaurants. local authorities now have the right to close venues that don't stick to the new one-metre guidelines.
  • From 30 July - Swedes can make non-essential trips to neighbouring Denmark and Norway.


  • SWITZERLAND
  • Has closed all schools and borders.
  • Everything but the bare essentials closed at least a month. There will be no bars, no cafes, no restaurants, no sports, no nightclubs, no cinemas, no museums.
  • Small businesses allowed to reopen from 27 April - provided they submit a health and safety plan first.
  • From 11 May - all schools with classes reduced in size, shops, restaurants, bars and museums will re-open but there will be no standing at bars, restaurant tables will be limited to 4 people with a distance of two metres between tables. Ban on large gatherings will remain.
  • From 30 May - groups of up to 30 people can meet.
  • From 15 June - travel restrictions relaxed.
  • Mountain railways and cable cars can start running again.
  • From 6 July - Travellers from 29 countries - including the US, Sweden and Brazil - will have to inform authorities immediately on arrival and then go into quarantine for 10 days. The full list is: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Qatar, Colombia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Moldova, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Serbia, South Africa, Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States.


  • SYRIA
  • To impose a two-week curfew from Thursday 26 March - read more here
  • From 30 July - Prayers in mosques have been banned.


  • TAIWAN
  • Everyone who takes the train or inter-city buses must wear a face mask.


  • TENERIFE
  • People are only allowed to go out to buy food or essential items.


  • THAILAND
  • Has shut schools and postpone the Thai New Year celebration, Songkran, which is coming up next month. Month-long state of emergency will start on Thursday 26 March which will include curfews and checkpoints.
  • Nationwide curfew will come into place to ban people from being on the the streets between 10pm and 4am. Anyone breaking the order - which excludes some people such as medics - faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison.
  • Will give an automatic extension for anyone who arrived on a tourist visa on or after 1 March and is stranded by flight cancellations. After 31 July no extension will be granted but would allow for visa requests from 1 August to 26 September.
  • Flights are banned until 30 April - There are some exceptions, for instance repatriation and other virus related flights, or state and military aircraft. Whoever arrives on the few flights exempt from the ban have to serve a 14-day quarantine.
  • Bangkok - from 22 March, all malls will be closed for 22 days along with boxing stadiums, salons and arcades.Those violating the order face up to one year in prison, a fine of up to 100,000 baht ($3,000), or both.
  • Jakarta - public entertainment spaces like bars, cinemas and restaurants would be shut on Monday until 2 April, Public transport operators are also limiting their services by operating cut down hours.
  • From 14 July - has cancelled all international flights.

  • Ease of Lockdown :
    > From 3 May - parks and small shops and businesses including markets, hairdressers and some sports venues have reopened. Restaurants have also reopened but with strict social distancing, even requiring clear plastic barriers between diners. The ban on alcohol sales is being lifted, but only for home consumption. Any Thais returning from overseas must spend 14 days in state-designated quarantine facilities, such as hotels, and must pay the bills themselves.
    > From 1 June - Almost all Thai businesses are allowed to operate again. A curfew remains in place but it has been shortened by one hour. The Pattaya Beach has reopened.
    > From 15 June - nationwide curfew will be lifted.
    > From 1 July - pubs, bars and karaoke clubs will be allowed to re-open, and rules on foreign visitors will be eased. The venues will be able to stay open until midnight local time, so long as they adhere to safety guidelines like social distancing. Foreigners with residency, work permits and families in Thailand will also be able to enter the country, so long as they quarantine themselves for 14 days. Business visitors from countries like Japan and Singapore could be exempt from quarantine, provided they are tested on arrival and can produce certificates showing they're free from Covid-19.


  • The UAE
  • Suspended visa issuance starting March 17 2020.
  • All Emirati students abroad are asked to return home within 48 hours from 24 March, and for members of the public to stay at home apart from in exceptional circumstances.
  • Has suspended all passenger and transit flights in and out of the country (includes Dubai international airport) for two weeks, starting from 25 March. Emirates suspend all passenger flights from 25 March but since 6 April it has resumed some outbound flights for people wishing to leave the country.
  • All shopping and commercial centres are set to close from 25 March, only stores selling essential goods,including supermarkets and pharmacies, will remain open. Restaurants will limit service to deliveries.
  • The 24-hour lockdown will be relaxed for the month of Ramadan. The new lockdown timings will be 10pm to 6am - allowing residents to step out during the day. Malls will reopen with capacity capped to 30% and the management ensuring two-metre social distancing in all common areas. Visitors will be allowed to shop for a maximum of three hours and it will be mandatory to wear a mask at all times. Restaurants will have to restrict seating capacity to 30% and maintain a distance of six feet between tables. Dubai will allow residents to receive family members during Ramadan and leave home for "one outdoor activity" but the gathering cannot exceed 10 people. Physical contact such as handshakes and hugging will be strictly prohibited during such gatherings.
  • From 2 June - Abu Dhabi has enforced a one-week ban on traffic into and out of the emirate as a whole. The ban also stops people from travelling between its main cities. However movement within cities is allowed as long as people stick to the night curfew. People can apply for permits in exceptional circumstances. That includes essential workers and patients with chronic diseases who have medical appointments. read more here
  • From 21 June - nationwide curfew to end and all economic activities to resume, allowing mosques and businesses to reopen in the country. International flights and land entry to the country remain suspended, as will social gatherings of more than 50 people.
  • Dubai :
    > From 22 June - residents will be allowed to return, they will all be tested at airports upon arrival. For those infected, a 14-day quarantine will be mandatory. read more here
    > From 7 July - Tourists will be allowed in, although they will be required to present a recent Covid-19 negative certificate or undergo testing at Dubai airports. Again, for those infected, a 14-day quarantine will be imposed.
  • Emirates has become the first airline in the world to guarantee to cover customers' medical expenses if they are diagnosed with Covid-19. It would offer "free cover for Covid-19 medical expenses and quarantine costs", regardless of which class they travel in. The new policy, which runs until 31 October, will offer travellers in any class up to €150,000 (£137,000 or $174,000) in medical costs, or €100 per day for up to two weeks if they are quarantined after testing positive. read more here


  • TURKEY
  • All international flights halted and travel ban imposed on inter-city travel, which will require permission from a local governor.
  • Picnic spots, forests and archaeological sites will be closed on weekends, and no group gatherings will be allowed on weekdays.
  • Wearing a mask will be mandatory in crowded public places, grocery stores and workpaces.
  • The private sector will move - like the public sector - to a system of flexible working with minimum staff.
  • Two-day curfew in 31 of its largest cities from midnight on Friday 10 April.
  • Ease of lockdown :
    1. Over-65s will be allowed to go out "only within walking distance" for a few hours a day from 10 May. Similar rules will apply to children.
    2. From 11 May - shopping malls, barber shops and some stores will be allowed to reopen.
    3. From 1 June - parks, beaches, libraries and museums reopen across the country. Millions of people in the public sector return to work.
    4. From 15 June - Universities will reopen.
    5. From 19 July - has suspended flights to Iran.


  • TURKMENISTAN
  • Use of word coronavirus is banned. People wearing face masks or talking about the virus are even liable to be arrested by undercover police.


  • UK
  • Government advises against all non-essential travel and Britons abroad to come back home.
  • The key lockdown measures from 23 March until 28 May Full guidance here with some relaxations in the later sections:
    > people in Britain will be allowed to leave their homes for only "very limited purposes" - shopping for basic necessities; for one form of exercise a day; for any medical need; and to travel to and from work when "absolutely necessary"
    > People are warned not to meet friends or family members who they do not live with
    > Shopping is only permitted for essentials like food and medicine, and people are advised to do it "as little as you can"
    > All shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothing and electronic stores, are ordered to close
    > Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are to close
    > All gatherings of more than two people in public - excluding people you live with - are banned
    > All social events, including weddings and baptisms are banned
    > Funerals are not included in the new restrictions
    > Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed
    > Isle of man - closing its border to new arrivals. The final flight will land on Thursday 26 March evening, while the last ferry will dock at 06:00 GMT the next morning. All but essential shops will close and anyone disobeying social distancing guidelines will be fined.
    > Police now have powers to "direct" and "remove" people to their homes and use "reasonable force" to do so, if they're not complying with the new laws. People who repeatedly flout new UK rules on social distancing and gathering in groups could face fines up to £960 by community support officers, local authority wardens, as well as police officers - the standard fine would be £60, or £30 if paid within two weeks. Those who break the rules a second time would be fined £120, with the charge doubling for every new offence up to the £960 maximum. Police have urged the public to be mindful of scams, Police can issue penalty notices but not on-the-spot fines.
    > Anyone who deliberately coughs at police, NHS staff or shop workers who are keeping the nation going will face the full force of the law. That's because coughing at anyone at all - including the public - in such circumstances is assault. The maximum sentence for common assault is six months in jail - and up to two years for attacking an emergency worker carrying out their duties.
    > London buses will temporarily become middle-door only boarding from 20 April in a bid to protect drivers. Passengers will also not be required to "touch in" and should not approach the card reader near the driver. Reminder - Londoners shouldn't be travelling by any mode of transport unless it is absolutely necessary, and public transport is only open for critical workers.
    > People in self-isolation with suspected Covid-19 symptoms are to receive regular check-in texts from the NHS to check how they are - The UK government launched a new messaging service which will send daily texts to new patients who register their symptoms and contact details with the 111 online service.

    > People should only use the NHS "where they really need to" - and can reduce the burden on workers by getting advice on the NHS website where possible.
    > Those with the most serious health conditions must be "largely shielded from social contact for 12 weeks" starting from Sunday 22 March. Carers - formal and informal - can continue to visit but must follow guidelines from Public Health England. For those without a care network close by, a major national effort will create a support system - including pharmacists, supermarkets and local authorities. Food parcels will start arriving towards end of next week. Full guidance

    The group of people who should take "particular care to minimise their social contact" are:
    > People over the age of 70 Other adults who would normally be advised to have the flu vaccine (such as those with chronic diseases)
    > Pregnant women

    >> What you need to do guidance

  • Everyone living in a household should stay at home for 14 days if one person in the household develops a cough or fever:
    # a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
    # a new, continuous cough - this means you've started coughing repeatedly
    # a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anpsmia)
    These people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house "even to buy food or essentials" - but they may leave the house "for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others"
    Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    Do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
    If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
    From 30 July - People who display symptoms of coronavirus must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days in England. read more here

    >> Detailed NHS Advice about COVID-19

    NHS England has advised
    > hospitals to postpone all non-urgent operations for three months from 15 April.
    > hospitals should ban all but essential visitors.
    > hospitals wind down non-urgent work over the next 30 days from 17 March in an effort to free up more staff and beds
    > that people avoid using ibuprofen, indicating anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen the virus

    Travel
  • Public transport services reduced around UK. Those with an advance ticket will be able to get a refund free of charge, while all season ticket holders can claim a refund "for time unused on their tickets free of administrative charges". Ticket holders should contact their operator for details. Among services affected:
    > Train companies Northern, TransPennine Express and South Western Railway are running reduced timetables.
    > Other train operators, including Great Western Railway, will reduce services from Monday 23 March- although they will still run core services to ensure key workers can get to their jobs - read more here
    > Transport for London - From Friday 20 March, the Waterloo & City line will be closed, 40 Underground stations will be closed and there will be no Night Tube or Night Overground services until further notice. Night bus service will continue. Public transport should not be used unless "essential". From Saturday 21 March, Emirates Air Line will be closed until further notice. From Monday 23 March, other services across the TfL network will gradually be reduced - read more here
    > Congestion charge and other road charging schemes will be "temporarily suspended" from Monday 23 March "to support critical workers" - All Londoners are urged to not travel unless absolutely necessary, so that these heroes can do their jobs.
    > Buses in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester are cutting services.
    > Gatwick Express - the fast rail service between the airport, London's Victoria Station and Brighton - has been suspended "until further notice" More information on Getwick Express website

  • Safer travel guidance for passengers
  • Passengers travelling on Eurostar from the UK must wear a face mask or face covering from 4 May in line with guidelines from the French and Belgian governments. Any type of mask is suitable, authorities have said, as long as it effectively covers the nose and mouth. Those without masks may be refused travel. Fines may also be imposed in France and Belgium for anyone without a mask.
  • From 7 May - Passengers travelling through Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports are being told to cover their faces and wear gloves.
  • From 13 May - TFL services will gradually increase, everyone is advised to wear face coverings (such as a scarf, piece of cloth or mask), consider if their journey is necessary before travelling, and to think about the times, routes and ways they travel. People should walk and cycle if they can and new walking and cycling space is being created through the London Streetspace programme. Passengers should carry a hand sanitizer and wash their hands before and after their travel.
  • From 18 May:
    > The congestion charge in London will be reinstated and will rise from £11.50 to £15 from 22 June. The "temporary" increase is intended to encourage the public to walk or cycle rather than drive, at a time when people are urged to avoid crowding onto public transport. The hours are also being extended: the congestion charge will now apply from 07:00 to 22:00, seven days a week. A system of reimbursement for NHS workers will be extended to care home workers.
    > The low emission zone and ultra-low emission zone - which impose levies on high-polluting vehicles will reopen.
  • From 23 May - Charging for bus travel in London will resume.
  • From 15 June - face coverings (not clinical masks) will be mandatory on all public transport in England. This includes buses, trains, planes, trams, coaches and ferries. Passengers who refuse to comply will be refused travel or fined, which will be enforced by staff and British Transport Police read more here
  • From 21 June - London City Airport and East Midlands airport reopen to commercial flights.
  • Train services on the West Coast mainline plan for social distancing on board its trains - passengers must wear face masks on board and that they should not turn up without a booking. read more here
  • East coast mainline trains will run a reservation-only system. read more here
  • From 4 July - the Foreign Office's warning against all but essential international travel will be lifted for some countries.
  • From 10 July - people returning to England, Wales and Northern Ireland from certain countries will be exempt from 14 day quarantine. The 14 British Overseas Territories are also exempt. Exemption list, what to expect in certain countries, travel insurance, holiday refund and travel rights
  • From 18 July - anyone can now use public transport at any time, removing previous restrictions.
  • From 26 July :
    1. People already in Spain can stay for the rest of their holiday, but they will have to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return. The rules apply to travellers arriving from anywhere in Spain, including the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa) and the Balearic Islands, such as Majorca and Ibiza. The UK government is now advising "against all but essential travel to mainland Spain". All travellers arriving into England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are affected by the new guidelines. read more here and here
    2. TUI has cancelled all its holidays to mainland Spain until 9 August following the change in the UK's quarantine rules for arrivals from Spain. It said holidaymakers wishing "to travel to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands will be able to travel as planned from Monday 27th July. "Customers due to travel to all areas of Spain between 27th July and Sunday 9th August will be able to cancel or amend holidays and will be able to receive a full refund or the option to rebook their holiday with a booking incentive. "Customers with holidays from 10th August will be updated on Friday 31st July." TUI added that all customers currently in Spain can continue to enjoy their holiday and will be able to return on their planned flight home.
  • From 28 July - Jet2 is suspending routes to Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia up to and including August 16, as well as to Faro, in the Algarve region of Portugal.

  • Government guidelines for air travel:
    > All luggage should be checked in
    > Face-to-face contact with staff should be minimal
    > Passengers should wear face coverings in the airport
    > Passengers should wash their hands regularly after touching surfaces
    > In flight, passengers should remain seated as much as possible

  • British nationals are advised against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. You must check the travel advice to the country you are travelling to. It is your responsibility to make sure you are prepared for travel:
    > check the travel advice and sign-up for email alerts for your destination
    > make sure you have appropriate travel insurance. If you have concerns about coronavirus, contact your travel insurance provider to check what will be covered should you become sick or required by local authorities to self-isolate or quarantine while travelling
    > check with your airline, tour operator, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers for any coronavirus-related changes
    > plan ahead for any potential disruption to your travel.
    >> country-specific foreign travel advice
    >> Coronavirus travel advice

    Event cancellations and other closures
  • The National Theatre in London is cancelling all performances until further notice.
  • The Ambassador Theatre Group UK is suspending shows at all its venues with immediate effect - this includes the Edinburgh Playhouse, the Savoy Theatre in London, the Manchester Opera House and the Theatre Royal Brighton.
  • Odeon, Cineworld and Picturehouse cinemas close until further notice.
  • Church of England suspends public worship until further notice.
  • Aintree Racecourse announced that this year's Grand National on 4 April will not take place.
  • Euro 2020 football tournament postponed - The tournament, due to take place from 12 June-12 July this summer, will now run from 11 June to 11 July next year.
  • Glastonbury cancelled, refunds will be available for those who want them.
  • Eurovison Song Contest is cancelled
  • The Changing of the Guard ceremonies at Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and Windsor Castle have been postponed until further notice.
  • The veterans' procession down the Mall in central London is cancelled for the VE Day commemorations.
  • All McDonalds, Nando's restaurants across the UK and Ireland will close by 19:00 GMT on Monday 23 March until further notice. Most Subway and Costa coffee shops will also close from end of Monday 23 March.
  • English football has been suspended until at least 31 May.
  • Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since WW2. There will be no professional tennis anywhere in the UK until at least 13 July.
  • The Edinburgh International Festival, the Art Festival, the International Book Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have also been cancelled this year.
  • Notting Hill Carnival is cancelled.
  • Reading and Leeds music festivals have been cancelled.

    Local Lockdowns
    The following local lockdowns are in place in England where some of the lockdown relaxations listed in the later section do not apply.
  • Leicester :
    > From 30 June under further lockdown - ban on social gatherings, city council will take a "targeted approach" to closing non-essential shops replacing the blanket ban from 24 July, and schools and nurseries will close but can reopen from 24 July. The loosening of restrictions for pubs and restaurants will also not be taking place in the city on 4 July. People or businesses that repeatedly flout the new law could receive fines of up to £3,200. The measures will only apply to the city of Leicester itself, as well as the suburbs of Oadby and Wigston. more details here and here
    > From 30 July midnight - People cannot mix with other households (apart from those in their support bubbles) in private homes or gardens. People can only go to pubs and restaurants with other members of their household.
    > From 3 August - restaurants, cafes, bars, hairdressers, cinemas and museums can open but leisure centres, gyms and pools will remain closed and religious ceremonies will be able to take place.
  • Blackburn with Darwen - From 14 July - emergency measures introduced read more here:
    > Wearing cloth face coverings in all enclosed public spaces, including workplaces, libraries, museums, health centres and hair and beauty salons
    > Targeted testing, with residents being told they do not need to have symptoms to be tested
    > Tighter limits on visitors from another household - no more than two people at a time
    > People asked to bump elbows in place of handshakes and hugs with those outside of their immediate family
    > From 30 July midnight - People cannot mix with other households (apart from those in their support bubbles) in private homes or gardens. People can only go to pubs and restaurants with other members of their household.
  • Rochdale - From 17 July - Residents have been asked to limit visitors at home to two people.
  • Oldham - From 28 July - residents are being asked not to have social visitors to their homes and to keep two metres apart when outside, while those who are shielding are asked to continue to do so until 14 August.
  • Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire - this includes Greater Manchester, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees read more here and here :
    > From 30 July midnight
    1. people cannot mix with other households (apart from those in their support bubbles) in private homes or gardens.
    2. People can only go to pubs and restaurants with other members of their household,

    Lockdown relaxations
  • From 8 June - All passengers arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train will have to self-isolate for 14 days and will be reviewed every three weeks - read more here:
    > Those arriving from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands including Jersey and Guernsey and the Isle of Man will be exempt. A small number of people working in specific sectors will also not be required to self-isolate, including road haulage and freight Workers, the medical professionals helping to treat the virus and seasonal agricultural workers staying on the farms where they are working. Exemption rules
    > All passengers will be required to provide details of where they are staying (whether it is with family, friends or in rented accommodation) and future travel plans so they can be contacted if someone they have been in contact with develops the disease. Anyone refusing to complete the "contact locator form" will face a £100 fine.
    > If where they are staying does not meet the "necessary requirements", people will be required to self-isolate in facilities arranged by the government.
    > During self-isolation people will be required to follow various rules:
    1. They will be expected to travel by car, where possible, and not use public transport
    2. They should not leave their residence for 14 days
    3. They should not go to work, school or visit public areas
    4. They should not have friends or family to stay or visit, except to provide essential support
    5. They should not go out to shop where they can rely on others.
    6. They will be encouraged to download the NHS Covid-19 app at the border
    > In England, anyone breaching the rules will be liable for a £1,000 ($1,220) fine or face potential prosecution. Penalties could increase if the rate of infection from abroad increases.
    > Public health authorities will conduct random checks to ensure compliance with the rules, with individuals potentially being contacted on a regular basis.
    > Foreign nationals who refuse to comply could, as a last resort, be considered for deportation.
    > The rules will apply across the whole of the UK, although Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will have different enforcement measures.
    > From 10 July - people returning to England, Wales and Northern Ireland from certain countries will be exempt from 14 day quarantine. The 14 British Overseas Territories are also exempt Exemption list

  • England - Three phase road map to easing the lockdown restrictions (some lockdown measures could be "eased at different rates" in different parts) read full details here, summary here and FAQ here :
    > starting from From 13 May
    1. People able to work from home should continue to do so but those that cannot (e.g. Food production, construction and manufacturing) should go to their work if it is open, but they should avoid public transport. Government to provide guidance for businesses on how they can prepare for ensuring their employees can commute safely to work and be kept safe in the workplace. Guidelines for making the workplace safe and summary, Guidance for transport operators and summary
    2. people can take "unlimited exercise", including sitting and sunbathing in the local park or driving to destinations for exercise, play sports like golf, tennis and fishing but only with members of own household.
    3. people can meet one person from outside their own household in a park (not in a garden) if they stay two metres apart.
    4. people can drive to parks (as far as you want to) and beaches in England but they must socially distance when they get there. People "must obey the rules on social distancing" and to enforce them, the fines police can give out willwill increase to £100. The first fine will be lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days. Fines will double for each repeat offence, up to a maximum of £3,200.
    5. For those who are shielding, there is no change in the advice.
    6. A new Covid Alert System will track the virus in England.
    7. Garden centres can open. Estate agents can open, viewings can be carried out, and removal firms and conveyancers can re-start operations. Potential buyers and renters will be able to visit showhomes and view houses which are on the market to let or buy. Moving home will also be allowed again, as will visiting estate agents and letting agents. Anyone who has already bought a new home will be able to visit it to prepare it for moving in. Guidance on proprty viewing and moving home and summary here
    8. Childminders can reopen from if they are caring for children from the same household.
    9. People are advised to wear home-made face-coverings in enclosed spaces where they come into contact with other people - including on public transport or in shops. How to make cloth face covering, Who should wear face mask and where
    10. Construction Sites can apply to extend their working hours to 21:00 BST Monday to Saturday in residential areas and this should be approved by local councils unless there are "compelling reasons" not to do so.
    11. private and NHS fertility clinics can apply to reopen if they ensure the safety and protection of staff and patients, There must be social distancing in waiting rooms and more appointments by phone may be used, as well as personal protective equipment.

    > From 28 May - Test-and-trace system to launch. In summary this will work as follows How will contact tracing work in England , summary here:
    1. If you have one or more of the symptoms of coronavirus - a fever, cough, loss of sense of taste or smell - you must isolate (This means you should stay at home and not leave it for any reason - including leaving the house to buy food or medicine. Instead, you should order these online or by phone or ask someone to deliver them to your home. You should not have visitors and you should do any exercise at home.)
    2. Then book a test on the NHS/coronavirus site or dial 119. If you test positive, you'll be contacted by the NHS test and trace service within 24 hours. If you are concerned about whether a call, text or email has genuinely come from the NHS Test and Trace service, you can visit its web page which lists the official phone number 0300 013 5000 and other contact details. Genuine contract tracers will never ask you for any financial information such as credit card or bank details. They will also not ask you to set up a password or Pin over the phone, or to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087. If you don't want to talk over the phone, you can ask for an email or text inviting you to log into the web-based service instead.
    3. The service will help you establish who you've been in contact with, and could have infected

    > From 1 June social distancing and self-isolation rules :
    1. outdoor markets and car show rooms to be allowed to reopen.
    2. Primary school reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to return to school. Under temporary arrangement - where usual sanctions do not apply - it is not compulsory for parents of any year groups going back in England during the summer term to send children back to school. Guidance for schools and summary
    3. six people will be able to meet, so long as they keep to social distancing rules (staying 2m from people from outside your household) and remain outside (public and private outdoor spaces). The advise is to avoid mixing with multiple different households in quick succession to avoid quick transmission of the virus. more details and Guide to how to socialise
    4. Indoor gatherings involving non-household members except for certain reasons, such as work, education or early years childcare, outdoor gathering of more than six peopke and staying overnight away from home is now a crime in England. Police can tell people to go home, but cannot enter someone's house to remove guests more details
    5. Domestic competitive sport behind closed doors will be allowed in the UK from Monday, with horse racing and snooker resuming competitive action.
    6. People in the shielded group - those who have been told to stay home due to their vulnerability - will be able to leave the house read more here

    > From 8 June - Dental practices can reopen, if they put in place appropriate measures. guidance for dental practices and more here
    > From 13 June - single adult households in England can form one "support bubble" with one other household of any size; such as family or friends. This means they can go to each other's houses, stay the night and don't have to maintain social distancing. read more here
    > From 15 June :
    1. School years 10 and 12 pupils will get some face-to-face time with teachers.
    2. All other non-essential retail to reopen including shops selling clothes, toys, books and electronics, as well as tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets. Local authorities and the health and safety executive will be able to take enforcement action against shops which do not follow the guidelines for keeping people safe. guidance for retail sector , Which shops will re-open
    3. Zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas will be able to reopen. London Zoo - only allows 2,000 visitors to come each day, and they must have a pre-booked, timed-entry ticket. Restaurants and cafes are closed and additional hand sanitising stations and distance markers have been installed.
    4. Face coverings (not clinical masks) will be mandatory on all public transport in England. This includes buses, trains, planes, trams, coaches and ferries. Passengers who refuse to comply will be refused travel or could be fined £100, which will be enforced by staff and British Transport Police. All hospital visitors and out patients will also need to wear face coverings. All hospital staff, whether working in a clinical setting or not, will have to wear a type one or two surgical mask. read more here
    5. Swimming guidance
    6. Guidance for offices and similar indoor environments

    > From 4 July read more here and here :
    1. 2 metre rule is to be relaxed to "one metre plus" where 2m is not possible - but people will be encouraged to have mitigation in place to reduce transmission.
    2. people will be allowed to meet with one other household at a time indoors, subject to social distancing. the meet-ups do not always have to be with the same household - but that only one household can meet one other at any time. These measures are not the same as the household bubble where distancing is not required, meaning family members who live apart can still not hug. "The fewer social contacts you have the safer you will be." read more here
    3. pubs, bars and restaurants will be allowed to open both indoors and outdoors if they put in safety guidelines including table service only. Guidance for reopening , Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors
    Pubs and restaurants will more easily be able to turn pavements, terraces and even car parks into outdoor eating and drinking areas. Under temporary laws, businesses would be able to apply for "pavement licences" more easily so they could put tables and chairs outside their premises. Outdoor markets and summer fairs will also no longer need planning permission as rules are relaxed. more details here
    4. Other businesses allowed to reopen will be Guidance for reopening :
    Hotels, bed and breakfasts, holiday homes, campsites, caravan parks and boarding houses - read more here
    Hair salons and barbers but with visors worn
    Cinemas, outdoor playgrounds, model villages, museums, galleries, theme parks, funfairs, outdoor gyms and amusement arcades, libraries, social clubs and community centres. How and when cinemas will reopen
    Workplace canteens
    However nightclubs, spas, indoor play areas eg softplay, bowling alleys, water parks, indoor fitness and gyms, nail bars, tattoo parlours, conference centres, swimming pools and water parks will not be able to reopen at this stage.
    5. places of worship allowed to open for a service - albeit without singing! Singing is seen as a particular danger.
    6. parents will be able to ask friends and family to help with childcare.
    7. weddings of up to 30 people permitted read more here
    8. Learner drivers will be able to resume lessons and take their test read more here

    > From 6 July - those who have been shielding can meet groups of up to six people outdoors or form a support bubble. read more here
    > From 11 July - Outdoor pools and Outdoor theatres will be able to re-open. Grassroots sport will be able to return, beginning with cricket (other sports will follow). Guidance for swimming and read more here
    > From 13 July - beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other close contact services can reopen "subject to some restrictions on particularly high-risk services" read more here

    > From 18 July - anyone can now use public transport at any time, removing previous restrictions.
    > From 20 July - limits on group sizes in nurseries, childminders and other childcare providers will be removed.

    > From 22 July :
    1. People in England will be able to visit loved ones living in care homes again. Visits will now resume in specific care homes once local directors of public health and local authorities decide it is safe to do so. Face coverings will have to be worn and social distancing followed during visits. a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53502377" target=_blank>read more here
    2. From 22 July, car driving tests have restarted. A string of safety measures are in place to protect learners and examiners - including compulsory face masks. Any learner who makes a fault that means they will have failed will immediately be taken back to the test centre to minimise the amount of time spent in the car - rather than finishing the test as is usually the case.

    > From 24 July - Face masks mandatory in people will have to cover their mouth and nose in shops, post offices, banks, transport hubs and enclosed shopping centres - shops will be able to refuse people entry if they do not comply with the new rules, unless they have a specific exemption, and police will be able to "use reasonable force" to remove customers from shops if they do not wear face coverings or issue £100 fines. Guidance on face masks and coverings and read more here
    > From 25 July - Indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities can re-open - guidance for reopening Guidance for grassroots, sport and gym leisure facilities
    > From 1 August :
    1. those shielding will "pause shielding", meaning people can go out to places and see others - and go to shops, for example. They can also return to work as long as their business is Covid safe. People will retain their priority for supermarket delivery slots, and will still be able to access help with shopping, medication, phone calls and transport to medical appointments.
    2. the government will update its advice on going to work, asking employers to make decisions about how and where their staff can work safely.
    > From 8 August - the rules on face coverings will be extended "to other indoor settings where you're likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship.". This will become enforceable in law.
    > From 15 August :
    1. most remaining leisure settings, including bowling, skating rinks, casinos and all close contact services, such as beauticians, will be allowed to reopen but nightclubs and soft play centres will remain shut.
    2. Live indoor theatre and concerts will be able to resume with socially distanced audiences.
    3. Wedding receptions for up to 30 people will also be allowed from next month.

    > From September - There will be a return of full class sizes for primary and secondary schools, nurseries and colleges. It is going to be compulsory for children to return back to school unless there's a very good reason, or a local spike where there have had to be local lockdowns. Guidance for reopening and more details here
    > From October, intention is to allow audiences to return to stadiums, while conferences and other business events can recommence, subject to the outcome of pilots.

  • Scotland - Four phase easing plan - full details and summary here :
    > From 11 May - people can exercise more than once a day but the "stay at home" message and other restrictions listed above remains in place there.
    > From 28 May - Contact tracing programme, more details here. If you are concerned about whether a call, text or email is genuine, you can check the Scottish Government Test and Protect website
    > From 29 May - Some more easing.
    > From 8 June - People arriving in Scotland from abroad will have to quarantine for 14 days or face a £480 fine. All arrivals will be required to fill out forms detailing where they will be isolating and give their contact details. Border Force officers will be carrying out spot checks, with fines of up to £480 for giving false information or flouting the quarantine rules. People believed to be repeatedly breaching the quarantine could face criminal prosecution, with fines of up to £5,000. read more here
    > From 18 June - move to stage two of the four phases - Some more easing, read more here
    > From 3 July :
    1. travel distance restrictions - which see people forced to stay within five miles of their home - will be relaxed, along with the opening of self-catering accommodation. read more here
    2. People living in care homes that are free of coronavirus will be able to welcome one visitor each - If a home has had no Covid-19 cases for 28 days, residents will be able to have a single named "key visitor" for an outdoor visit, at a distance and with both people wearing face masks.
    3. Some other relaxations read more here
    > From 6 July - beer gardens and other outdoor venues would be able to reopen.
    > From 10 July :
    1. people can meet a maximum of two other households indoors.
    2. Wearing face coverings will become mandatory in shops read more here
    3. People returning to Scotland from Spain and Serbia will have to self-isolate for 14 days. It would not be possible for travellers to avoid quarantine in Scotland by flying into an English airport and then travelling to Scotland, because Scottish health officials will have the details of those who are travelling back into the UK. However, quarantine in Scotland will not be required for passengers travelling from 57 other countries and territories listed by the UK government.
    > From 13 July :
    1. The two-metre social-distancing guidance will be retained in Scotland but exceptions will be allowed for some sectors, including hospitality.
    2. Non-essential shops inside shopping centres will be able to reopen.
    > From 15 July :
    1. all other pubs and restaurants would be able to open, if progress continues. Venues will be subject to physical distancing measures along with "a number of conditions" being followed. Guidelines for reopening
    2. Barbers and hairdressers - will also be allowed to reopen.
    3. All holiday accommodation, museums, gallaries, cinemas, monuments and libraries wil be allowed to reopen.
    > From 24 July, if you are shielding in Scotland you may:
    1. meet with up to eight people indoors from up to two other households with physical distancing.
    2. meet outdoors with groups of up to 15 people from a maximum of four other households.
    3. use public transport with a face covering.
    4. go to outdoor spaces in pubs and restaurants.
    5. go to indoor shops, pharmacies and indoor markets.
    6. attend hairdressers, barbers, museums, galleries and cinemas.
    7. children who live with someone who is shielding can attend formal childcare providers.
    > From 31 August - advising against all but essential travel to and from parts of northern England.
    > From 1 August - The advice for people shielding will be paused. People in this group can now follow the guidance for the general population, but should still be especially careful about face coverings, hand hygiene and physical distancing. Children shielding will be able to return to school, and adults will be able to return to work, although the general advice remain that people should work from home wherever possible.
    > From 11 August - schools will reopen. Local authorities may choose to have a phased return during first few days, but all pupils are expected to be at school full-time by 18 August.
    > From 14 September - Gyms, swimming pools and indoor sports courts could reopen.

  • Wales - Wales lockdown exit plan :
    > From 11 May - people can exercise more than once a day, some garden centres will be allowed to open but the "stay at home" message and other restrictions listed above remains in place there. Maximum fixed penalty notices for breaching lockdown will rise to £1,920, the Initial fines will remain at £60, but will double for each subsequent offence up to the sixth occurrence.
    > From 1 June - Contact tracing programme, more details here , face covering
    > From 1 June - Some more easing and people in the shielded group - those who have been told to stay home due to their vulnerability - will be able to leave the house read more here
    > From 22 June - all non-essential shops can reopen, providing they follow social distancing rules. The housing market will begin to reopen - with viewings able to take place. Outdoor markets can also reopen, along with outdoor sports courts for non-contact sports, as well as places of worship for private prayer. Childcare facilities will begin to reopen on a phased basis, ban on weddings and civil partnerships in Wales will be lifted. more details here and here , Guidelines for food factories
    > From 29 June - Schools will reopen to all pupils from all year groups for limited periods during the week, and with no more than a third of pupils in school at any time. Summer term will also be extended by a week, ending on 27 July. Parents who choose not to send their children back to class will not face fines.
    > From 6 July - the "stay local" guidance to only travel within a five-mile area will be lifted, provided coronavirus cases continue to reduce.
    > From 13 July - self-contained accommodation, such as cottages and static caravans, will be able to start taking bookings.
    > From 19 July - more easing read more here
    > From 3 August - groups of up to 30 can meet, and it will not matter how many households they are from. Children under 11 will no longer have to maintain a 2m distance from each other or from adults. read more here
    > From 10 August - Swimming pools, gyms and leisure centres can also reopen.
    > From 15 August - Pubs, cafes, restaurants and bars can reopen indoors, providing coronavirus cases continue to fall. read more here
    > From 16 August - Vulnerable people can stop shielding.
    > From 17 August - car driving tests will restart.
    > From September - All state schools will reopen to all pupils. Children will not have to socially distance with those in their class or "contact group" of about 30 pupils. Adults in schools, however, will still have to socially distance with each other. read more here

  • Northern Ireland - Five step easing plan - Northern Ireland lockdown easing plan and summary here
    > From 18 May - step 1 - more details here
    > From 28 May - Contact tracing programme, more details here. If you are concerned about whether a call, text or email is genuine, you can check the Public Health Agency website
    > From 8 June - step 2 - more details here
    > From 12 June - All non-essential retailers can reopen.
    > From 23 June - Groups of up to six people can meet indoors more details here
    > From 29 June - easing on places of worship, social distancing and more details here
    > From 3 July :
    1. B&Bs, caravan parks and other tourist accommodation can reopen. All businesses wishing to reopen must have social distancing arrangements in place. more details here
    2. Indicative dates for other openings more details here and here
    3. Guidance for tourism and hospitality
    > From 6 July - People shielding will be able to meet in groups of up to six outside and will be able to form a support bubble with one other household. more details here
    > From 24 July - Swimming pools, spas, funfairs, bowling alleys and community centres can all reopen. Spectators can also be present at outdoor sporting venues where access can be controlled and social distancing maintained. The number of people who can gather indoors in a home is increasing from six to 10, and a ban on overnight stays in other people's homes is being lifted. read more here
    > From 11 August - all schools to repen. Guidance for how schools should reopen
    > Queen's University in Belfast has chartered a jumbo jet to take hundreds of students from China to Northern Ireland. The September flight is strictly for Queen's students travelling to the university, with flights priced at £616 one way. Students will have to take a Covid-19 test 48 hours before departure in order to board the plane. Depending on government guidance in September, students will be transported to Queen's accommodation for quarantine if required. read more here

  • Isle of man :
    > From 15 June to allow groups of up to 30 people to gather in public and retaurants, pubs and cafes to serve diners indoors and gyms will be permitted to partially reopen. read more here
    > From 26 June - state of emergency lifted.

  • Guernsey - From 20 June, nearly all lockdown restrictions will be removed. Currently, everyone who enters a "controlled environment", like a pub, restaurant or hairdressers, must leave their name and contact details - which are available at all times for the island's Public Health Services to access.

  • Jersey :
    > From 3 July - to reopen its borders to all travellers under level two of its exit strategy, which requires people to keep a 1m (3ft 3in) physical distance in public spaces, but shops, restaurants and pubs have all been allowed to reopen. read more here
    > Every resident will receive £100 each to stimulate the island's local economy. The money will be in the form of a voucher or pre-paid card. It will be given to residents by September and will be time-limited to two months. The vouchers cannot be spent online, used for savings or spent on gambling.

  • From 20 May - McDonald's has opened 33 drive-through restaurants in the UK - but customers are being limited to spending £25 per car. The branches, mostly in the south-east of England, have Perspex screens installed and staff have been given protective equipment. The number of workers on each site has also been reduced and temperature checks are being carried out before each shift.
  • From 3 June - The National Trust is to reopen some gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland. Twenty-nine sites are due to open to people with pre-booked tickets, with more to follow in the coming weeks. But only around a third of the usual number of visitors will be permitted in order to maintain social distancing. All properties and car parks in Wales will remain closed, however, in line with Welsh lockdown rules. You can find the full list of sites that are scheduled to reopen here.
  • From 15 June EasyJet will resume esume a small number of mostly domestic flights, It will be flying mostly routes within Britain to cities like Edinburgh and Belfast, and to a handful of European cities in France, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal. read more here
  • From 15 June - Uber drivers and passengers in the UK will need to wear face coverings. read more here
  • From 20 Jul - Virgin Atlantic to resume flights to five worldwide destinations from London's Heathrow airport. Services will operate to Orlando, New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Hong Kong. New safety measures including hand sanitisers, social distancing at check-in queues and boarding, as well as temperature checks for passengers will be applied. The aircraft will be cleaned using "hospital grade" products before every flight and all passengers will be required to wear face masks at all times while on board.
  • From 28 Jul - The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has updated its guidelines - Anyone having a non-emergency operation will need to have a Covid test three days before the procedure and isolate until they are admitted. The surgery will only go ahead if the test is negative. Full guidance here

    Government help and other measures
  • Some of the measures announced by Government and various organisations:
    > Sick pay available from day one for affected individuals and those that need to self-isolate.
    > Government backed and guaranteed loans of £330bn to support companies - read more here
    > A potential support package specifically for airlines and airports
    > Mortgage payment holiday or reduced payments for homeowners until end of August.
    > £10,000 cash grants for smaller firms
    > An extension of the business rate holiday announced in the Budget
    > IR35 tax reforms pushed back by one year and will now come into effect on 6 April 2021.
    > Businesses can apply for a grant of up to £2,500 a month to cover 80% of salary for those retained until July. Furloughed staff will be able to work part-time in their old roles from July. Individual firms will decide the hours their employees will work on their return. In August they will be asked to pay national insurance and pensions contributions. From September the government will cover only 70% of salaries, to a cap of £2,190 and froIn August they will be asked to pay national insurance and pensions contributionsm October it will pay 60%, to a cap of £1,875. Employers will make up the shortfall to get salaries back to 80% of pre-Covid lockdown levels. The scheme will then close. - read more here and here , Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
    > VAT for all businesses is being deferred until the end of June and the business loan scheme will now be interest free for 12 months.
    > Universal Credit allowance increases £1,000 a year and the next tax self assessments will be deferred until the start of next year.
    > Self-employed can apply for a grant of up to 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 a month until end of May and 70% of their profits up to a cap of £2,190 a month until end of August or they will get full Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to statutory sick pay, and a further £1bn to cover 30% of house rental costs - Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme
    > Insolvency system changes - temporary suspension of what are known as wrongful trading rules. Which means, if a company is really struggling, its directors can be held personably liable for keeping that business going. So if your business is struggling because of the coronavirus outbreak, you won't be held liable for keeping it trading during that period.
    > Workers can now defer their annual leave for another two years.
    > Doctors, nurses and paramedics whose visas were due to run out before 1 October 2020 would be given the 12-month extension free of charge so they could "focus fully on combatting coronavirus and saving lives" and will be extended to their family members too.
    > Family members and dependants of non-British NHS and social care workers who die with coronavirus can be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK after their deaths. read more here
    > Restriction on the number of hours student nurses and doctors can work in the NHS will also be lifted to make more staff available.
    > The charge paid by overseas workers to use the NHS will be scrapped for health and care workers. The health immigration surcharge on non-EU migrants is £400 per year and set to rise to £624 in October.
    > All over-fives are able to get tests if they have symptoms.
    > Rent protection for businesses - the moratorium until the end of September.
    > Landlords cannot evict tenants until the end of August at the earliest.
    > As a "last resort" the UK citizens "stranded" abroad will be offered support up to £3,000 towards accommodation and food. This "special package" runs up to £4,000 in support for couples, and £5,000 for families.
    > Overseas nationals in the UK who cannot return home due to the pandemic will be granted visa extensions until the end of July. The measure will apply to people whose leave expired after 24 January and who cannot leave the country because of travel restrictions or self-isolation. But those currently in the UK on temporary visas, such as visitor visas, should return home as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. People affected need to contact a coronavirus immigration team by using an online form. The Home Office says "no immigration enforcement action will be undertaken during this time" for those who contact the team to notify them their visa has expired - while some requirements, like visa sponsors, will be waived.
    > Bank of England cuts interest rates to 0.1%.
    > Job retention bonus - A plan to keep furloughed workers in their jobs when the scheme ends in October. If employers keep workers in their jobs until January 2021 they will get a £1,000 bonus per employee read more here
    > A £2bn "kickstart scheme" to create more jobs for young people. The fund will subsidise six-month work placements for people on Universal Credit aged between 16 and 24, who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Funding will be conditional on employers showing they are new jobs, and they must be at least 25 hours a week, and pay at least the minimum. wage. The government will cover costs for six months - equivalent to £6,500. Employers can apply to be in the scheme from August, with the first kick-starters expected to start in the autumn.
    > A temporary stamp duty holiday, exempting the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland, from 8 July until 31 March next year. read more here
    > A temporary cut in VAT on hospitality and tourism, to 5% from 20%, from 15 July until 12 January.
    > Diners will get a 50% discount off their restaurant bill during August. The 'Eat Out to Help Out' deal means people can get up to £10 off per head if they eat out between Monday and Wednesday.
    > A £3bn green package, with grants for homeowners and public buildings to improve energy efficiency.
    > New payments for businesses hiring apprentices. read more here
    > Wills witnessed via video link will become legal in England and Wales - with the change in the law backdated to 31 January, the date of the first confirmed coronavirus case in the UK. This measure will remain in place until January 2022.
    > From 31 July - Furloughed workers who are losing their jobs will be eligible for redundancy pay based on their normal wages - not the furlough rate.
    > Free school meal vouchers during the summer holidays.

    > Schools in Scotland and Wales will close from Friday 20 March. Schools in Northern Ireland will close as of 17:00 GMT 18 March.
    > Schools in England will close to all but the children of key workers and the most vulnerable children from Friday 20 March afternoon 'until further notice'. Schools will still need to look after the children of key workers - such as NHS staff - but also the most vulnerable pupils. Examples of these key workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. "Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with educational health and care plans." read more here
    > National tutoring scheme is being planned for England's pupils - some details here
    Exams (SATs, GCSE, AS- and A-Level) in May and June will not go ahead as planned in England, Wales and Scotland but decisions are due to be made in Northern Ireland. The government will ensure children due to sit crucial exams will get the qualifications they need (further details to be announced).
    The grades in England:
    > will be based on teacher assessments - taking into account "a range of evidence and data", such as mock exam results and other school work.
    > The government says the aim will be for the "calculated" grades to be awarded by the end of July.
    > Students will also have other options - they can sit an exam early in the next academic year which starts in September - if they want to.
    > They can also appeal if they are not satisfied that their calculated grade reflects their performance, or can choose to sit exams in summer 2021.
    Cancellation of GCSES-AS-and-A-levels in 2020 , Student guide to post 16 qualification results summer 2020

  • UK's Foreign Office urges UK citizens to leave Myanmar.
  • UK government announces new plan to fly home tens of thousands of Britons stranded by coronavirus pandemic - contact their tour operator or airline as soon as possible to arrange their return journey - read more here
  • Royal Mail workers have been told not to give customers hand-held devices to sign for deliveries that need a signature. Workers delivering post to customers will instead log the name of the person accepting the item, and can sign on their behalf. In addition, when items are too big to fit through the letterbox, workers have been asked to place them on the doorstep and step back to a safe distance.
  • From 2 May - Royal Mail has scrapped Saturday letter deliveries across the UK until further notice.
  • The NHS has asked former employees who have left in the past three years to re-register with the regulatory bodies and "boost the ranks" of its staff. Those who return to work will be able to opt in to a register to fill a range of roles - clinical and non-clinical - based on their skills and how much time they have spent away from work. Final-year medical students and student nurses could also be given temporary work.
  • Sainsbury and number of other supermarkets will open half an hour earlier for all NHS staff on various days - while special shopping times for the elderly or at-risk will continue to be every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 08:00-09:00. Iceland set aside an hour (first hour of opening?) for the elderly and vulnerable. They will give priority to online orders from those over 70 and those with disabilities. There will be a three-item limit overall, but a two-item limit for those products in most demand - in line with some other UK supermarkets.

  • Banks and credit providers across the country to freeze payments on loans and credit cards for up to three months for those facing difficulties. read more here
  • The UK's main internet providers have agreed to remove data caps on fixed-line broadband during the outbreak. read more here
  • Plans to charge over-75s BBC licence fees have been postponed until August. This will go ahead from 1 August.
  • Driving tests are suspended for up to three months from 20 March, "Key workers will still be able to take their tests. Those who have tests cancelled will have priority on resumption"
  • MOTs due for renewal from 30 March will be extended for half a year.
  • Housing associations in the UK will not evict tenants if they suffer hardship caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
  • UK firefighters to cease non-essential interactions - Non-emergency work such as fire safety visits and inspections, school visits, and public meetings, should be temporarily suspended.
  • Couples who do not postpone their church wedding because of the coronavirus outbreak should only have two guests. The Church of England has recommended the numbers attending ceremonies should be limited to the legal minimum of five people: the priest, the bride and groom, and two witnesses.
  • An online book of remembrance, called Remember Me, to commemorate those who have died from coronavirus has been organised by St Paul's Cathedral in London. Family members, friends and carers of anyone who has died can submit their name, photograph and a short message. The deceased person must be British or have been living in the UK. Sign the book here
  • All jury trials in England and Wales are to be put on hold, ongoing trials would be paused while arrangements are put in place so they can continue safely. Jury trials in England and Wales are to resume from 18 May - A limited number of trials will take place, conducted safely and observing social distancing rules, at courts including the Old Bailey in London and at Cardiff Crown Court.
  • The University of Cambridge has announced that there will be no "face-to-face lectures" in the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Oxford University has announced that it will run an in-house Covid-19 testing service for students and staff from September. based at sites in the city centre and Headington. research and teaching spaces will be adapted to ensure social distancing and appropriate ventilation for the start of term. Libraries will operate social distancing, with a seat-finder app planned to help students. Face coverings will be required during face-to-face teaching and in indoor shared spaces - and cleaning will be "significantly enhanced".
  • University of Manchester has announced its lectures would be online-only for the autumn term.

    Useful links
    >> NHS Volunteering
    >> Guide to what you can expect across the UK
    >> Guide to government support
    >> Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus(COVID-19)
    >> Guidance for employees on coronavirus(COVID-19)
    >> Find coronavirus financial support for your business
    >> Coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers
    >> Safeguarding Factsheets and guidelines during COVID-19 outbreak , DBS Contact Centre
    >> Regulations temporarily suspended to fast-track supplies of PPE to NHS staff and protect companies hit by COVID-19
    >> Key Workers - Apply for a coronavirus test
    >> Ask a question at the government's daily virus update from Downing Street
    >> Covid-19 recovery strategy

    >> Advise for employers and employees
    >> Free online skills training for Furloughed workers
    >> a hub with advice and guidance for Londoners
    >> Report breach of government social distancing guidelines
    >> Beware of Covid-19 Scams
    >> Home learning for kids
    >> how exposed to coronavirus might you be in your job?
    >> Survey on Life After COVID-19
    >> Help NHS staff find accommodation


  • UKRAINE
  • The new restrictions in place from 18 March until 3 April:
    > Ban on all inter-city rail, air and bus services around the country. Subway services in three cities, including the capital Kiev, have also been closed.
    > Within city transport services will only be allowed to take a maximum of 10 passengers aboard any bus and or tram car service.
  • Ease of lockdown:
    > From 11 May - shops, beauty salons, hairdressers, parks and squares are all open again. Restaurants and cafes are also allowed to resume service - but only if the tables are carefully spaced and outside.
    > From 25 May - Metro services has resumed in Kyiv.


  • US
  • Has ban travel from all European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, UK), China and Iran for 30 days from 15 March 2020. This includes anyone who visited any of these countries within the 14 days before their trip to the US.
  • Temporary closure of the US border with Canada to non-essential traffic.
  • The US State Department has issued a Level 4 warning - the highest possible - advising US citizens to avoid all international travel and, for those abroad, to "arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period".
  • Federal guidelines banning large groups and suggesting other social-distancing measures have been extended to 30 April.
  • Other measures put in place by the government:
    > Free coronavirus testing for all Americans, even for those with private insurance and the uninsured.
    > Paid sick and family medical leave will be available, including for families affected by school closures
    > Until the end of the year, businesses with fewer than 500 employees must provide up to two weeks of paid leave for those diagnosed with Covid-19 or for those who must care for family infected by the virus; workers are allowed to take another 10 weeks off for two-thirds pay.
    > The federal government will provide tax credits to cover the expense Businesses with fewer than 50 workers may be exempt in some cases, and the bill does not apply to massive corporations
    > More funding for low-income food assistance programmes, including delivery to seniors and food banks, and the low-income government healthcare programme Medicaid
    > Housing agency (ICE) will stop repossessing and evicting homes until the end of April.
    > Senate passes $2tn disaster aid bill - adults will be paid $1200.
    > The administration is working with companies who will be affected financially
    > Immigration agency and its officers won't arrest undocumented migrants at healthcare facilities, apart from in exceptional circumstances.
    > Advise is for stores to close to keep people away for a while
    > People should avoid meeting in groups of more than 10, Millenials in particular are strongly encouraged to stop socialising and stay at home
    > Social-distancing guidelines to be extended throughout the US to 30 April.
    > Immigration banned from 60 days from 22 April - it will bar anyone who is currently outside the United States and does not have a valid immigrant visa or travel document from entering the US. It does not affect:
    - Anyone seeking to enter the US as a healthcare professional
    - Those coming under the Immigrant Investors visa
    - US Service Members Special Immigrant Visa holders
    - Anyone whose entry is in the "national interest"
    - The spouses and children under-21 of these groups
    > no-sail order for cruise ships to last through 30 September.
    > Americans who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and sent to hospital because of it won't be able to join the US military - for the time being.
    > From 26 May at 23:59 EDT (03:59 GMT) - Non-Americans who have been in Brazil in the two weeks before they request entry to the US will be denied entry. The travel ban will not apply to US citizens, or to the spouse, parent, legal guardian, or child of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, and most siblings under the age of 21.
    > Foreign students planning to study in the US will not be allowed to stay in the country if their universities have moved classes fully online, unless they switch to a course with in-person tuition. Harvard University said all autumn semester classes would be taught online and other institutions have followed suit.
  • Ease of lockdown guidelines for opening up America again read more here and CDC guidelines, CDC recommendations for reopening dental practices - varies per state but all states have now partially reopened (see below)

  • New York City :
    > Lockdown measures until 28 May include shut down of schools, restaurants, bars and other public venues.
    > From 22 March - All non-essential workers to stay home, Essential businesses like healthcare and food services are exempt, will be enforced through a civil fine and mandatory closure for any businesses not in compliance with this guidance.
    > Moratorium ordered on all residential and commercial evictions until 20 August.
    > Vulnerable individuals should only go outside for solitary exercise, avoid public transport, and wear masks.
    > Non-vulnerable groups are barred from non-essential gatherings outside of private homes, including group exercise, and must practise social distancing of at least six feet (2m).
    > Anyone leaving their home should wear a face mask. Private store owners to refuse service to customers not wearing a mask.
    > All schools in the state are to remain closed for the rest of the academic year.
    > Broadway theatre district to remail close until at least early 2021, offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for all shows until 3 January.
    > From 6 May - City's subway system will shutdown between 01:00 to 05:00 for disinfecting and buses will be free during this time.
    > From 15 May - Some low-risk businesses in some regions and Drive-in theatres can reopen but Broadway theatres will remain closed until at least September.
    > From 8 June - non-essential businesses reopen - retail will start with kerb-side and in-store pickup only.
    > From 15 June - gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed.
    > From 22 June - allowing hair salons, retail shops and restaurants with outdoor dining areas to reopen.
    > From 24 June - New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will require visitors from Covid-19 hotspots elsewhere in the country to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine rule will apply to visitors from states where 10% of the population is infected with Covid-19 on a seven-day rolling average. As at 24 June this includes Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Utah, California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee.
    > From 13 July - child daycare centres open. Masks will not be required for children under two-years-old, but are compulsory for adults. No more than 15 children can be present in one room, sharing of toys is to be limited and staff must undergo health screenings.
    > From 22 July - Other outdoor entertainment and sites, like professional sports, botanical gardens and zoos, can reopen with reduced capacity. Film and television production has also been given the go-ahead.
  • California :
    > Los Angeles has shut down the city's bars, restaurants, gyms and cinemas. It issues stay at home order until end of the march - residents can leave their homes to buy groceries or medicine, or walk a dog or take exercise, but should limit public interactions.
    > Stay at home order issued until end of the April - residents can leave their homes to buy groceries or medicine, or walk a dog or take exercise, but should limit public interactions.
    > Beginning at midnight on Friday 10 April, all residernts entering essential businesses - like grocery shops and pharmacies - must wear a mask or risk being refused service. Workers at these businesses should also wear a mask and could face a fine or prison if they don't comply. Business owners will have to provide the masks or reimburse employees for their own.
    > Coachella cancelled for 2020.
    > From 8 May - retail businesses will allow kerbside pickups, Manufacturing will also resume provided that employees wear masks and stay six feet (two metres) apart.
    > From 18 May - offices are allowed to open, some restaurants able to offer sit-down dining services, some shopping malls in certain counties will be allowed to partially reopen, though tattoo parlours, nail salons and gyms still remain firmly shut.
    > Masks are mandatory in public or high-risk settings - including when shopping, on public transport or in medical care. Children under two are exempt from the rules, as are people eating or drinking in restaurants.
    > Schools will likely remain closed for the rest of the school year.
    > California State University, will keep its 23 campuses closed in September, with classes moved online.
    > Disneyland will not reopen as planned on 17 July. Capacity will be "significantly limited" though and visitors won't be allowed to get hugs from Mickey or Donald.
    > From 20 June - bars, breweries and pubs to be closed in seven counties - including Los Angeles.
    > Los Angeles and San Diego public schools will be online only for the region's pupils when the school year begins in the autumn.
    > From 14 July - has reimposed restrictions on businesses and public spaces, ordering an immediate halt to all indoor activities at restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, zoos and museums. In the worst-affected counties, churches, gyms and hairdressers will also close. read more here
  • Nevada :
    > Ordered the closure of casinos, restaurants and all non-essential businesses until end of April. > All non-essential businesses are affected by the shutdown. > Restaurants are only allowed to provide takeout or delivery. Even slot machines in convenience stores will no longer be permitted.
  • Illinois has ordered "shelter-in-place" starting Saturday at 5pm local time (2100 GMT) until 7 April - residents should stay at home unless they have an essential reason to go out. Non-essential businesses will be shut down, but people will still be allowed to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and to take walks outside. Roads will remain open.
  • Arizona - From 30 June has ordered the closure of bars, nightclubs, gyms, cinemas and water parks. The directive will last until at least 27 July and also prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people.
  • Texas has ordered face-coverings to be worn in public.
  • Washington DC - From 27 July - All travellers arriving on non-essential business from areas where coronavirus is widely circulating will have to quarantine for 14 days. Residents also ordered to wear a mask while outside in public. Those who violate the ruling risk being fined up to $1,000 (£780).
  • Massachusetts - From 25 July - people including residents - will need to go into quarantine for 14 days after travelling to the state. Anyone who doesn't comply will face a $500-per-day fine (£391). There are some exemptions, though: people travelling from low-risk states including New York, Maine and Hawaii, for example, as well as anyone who can prove that they've had a negative Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival.
  • Florida :
    > The city of Miami, From 23 July - is increasing penalties for those that violate the order to wear a mask in public. First and second time offenders will be fined $100 (£78). Repeat offenders can be fined up to $500 and jailed.
    > From 30 July - Testing sites to close from 17:00 local time (22:00 GMT) until further notice.
  • Uber has suspended shared rides.
  • The Grand Canyon is closed "until further notice".
  • The US, Canada and Mexico have agreed to restrict "non-essential" travel across the common border until 20 August.
  • The Boston Marathon has been cancelled.
  • The Minnesota State Fair is cancelled.
  • 7 US airlines - Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines state that customers should cover their faces, and employees have been told they may deny boarding at the gate to customers who do not follow them. Those who refuse to wear masks on board could have their flying privileges revoked.
  • The Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida, has opened on 5 June.
  • Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks will begin reopening on 11 July. The Epcot and Hollywood Studios parks are reopening on 15 July. The park's campground, hotel resort and shopping complex reopened on 22 June. Visitors and employees will have to wear masks and undergo temperature checks before entering the parks. Parades and fireworks are cancelled over fears that crowds could gather. The rules have changed and visitors can still eat on site while being "stationary and maintaining appropriate physical distancing". read more here
  • Starbucks and Walmart make masks mandatory in all US stores from 15 July.
  • McDonald's has announced that anyone entering one of their 14,000 restaurants in the US will be required to wear a mask starting on 1 August.


  • UZBEKISTAN
  • From 10 July - has been in a second lockdown, with measures extending until 1 August.


  • VENEZUELA
  • Under quarantine from Tuesday 17 March.
  • From 15 July - Caracas and Miranda enter lockdown.


  • VIETNAM
  • All foreign nationals are banned from entering the country, and from 24 March even overseas Vietnamese cannot fly back home until further notice.
  • Indoor gatherings of more than 20 people and outdoor gatherings of 10 people or more are banned.
  • From 27 July - has closed the city of Da Nang to tourists and ordered Da Nang residents to re-implement social distancing and close all non-essential services. No tourists can enter the city for 14 days and extra flights are being laid on to fly out up to 80,000 visitors. Its airport and long distance bus stations have been closed.


  • YEMEN
  • Has suspended all flights to and from airports until end of March 2020.